Accelerate to Industry

We’ve designed a bold, new approach to workforce training for graduate students: Accelerate to Industry (A2i)™.  With A2i, graduate students can explore the ample employment opportunities with industry companies here on our NC State Centennial Campus, in North Carolina, and across the US. They can develop the business, leadership, and communication skills that companies seek.

Our Accelerate to Industry program is funded through a National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) grant.

Our Mission

  • Prepare NC State graduate students, postdocs, and alumni for the wide range of available industry careers
  • Help our graduate students  secure industry jobs
  • Build a program that serves as a touch point for more long term collaborative relationships between industry and universities

A2i Modules

These modules offer you the opportunity to engage with A2i at all stages of your graduate career. We recommend starting with Industry Job Search Strategies early and finishing with Industry Immersion as you complete your degree.


This module is an 8-week development series that offers industry professionals opportunities to participate in workshops, career panels, and presentations that support participants in their efforts to market their abilities to industry companies.

We selectively recruit graduate and postdoctoral researchers in response to each company’s specific recruitment needs. Our recruitment methods ensure that participants in the site visit are interested in building their careers with the respective company.

This module establishes opportunities for industry companies to work directly with NC State Graduate School for recruitment. More than advertising, we recruit outstanding candidates who match internship criteria, and we prepare application portfolios to assist company liaisons with the selection process.

This practicum is a 12-week development series during which NC State University graduate students and postdocs learn to leverage their technical backgrounds and creativity to move ideas and projects forward as a part of a cross-disciplinary team. Each partnering company will work with a multidisciplinary team on a project that is relevant to the company. Moreover, we recruit the team members in response to the company’s needs.

This is an intensive experiential learning opportunity that prepares NC State graduate students, postdocs, and alumni for the corporate environment. The Accelerate to Industry Immersion module includes a week-long immersion experience for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers that includes signature A2i content along with events and activities unique to the Immersion Week. Visit the Apply webpage to apply for this event.

Regardless of your discipline or graduate degree level, the A2i approach will support your ability to make the academia-to-industry transition through a variety of modules that offer a range of training experiences.

Key features:

  • Multidisciplinary team projects completed in collaboration with industry companies
  • Leadership presentations from renowned industry professionals
  • Company site visits and company fairs
  •  Networking sessions
  •  Workshops on resume design, career exploration, LinkedIn, writing cover letters, interviewing, networking, and negotiating
  • Career and Human Resource panels
  • Professional photo sessions

The professional skills I developed and the knowledge I obtained during the Industry Immersion Week at NC State helped me build confidence for transition to my new academic career, and enabled me to interact more effectively with people in my workplace, industry, and beyond. The Industry Immersion Week is a powerhouse to unleash your potentials, and to Think and Do! – Naim Montazeri, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Food Virology, University of Florida)

A2i modules will also offer you training in the following key business and professional areas:

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We thank MedPharm, LORD Corporation, Q2, ABB, Eastman Chemical Company, Bayer, BASF, and all our partners for their support of the A2i program!