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Group photo of Accelerate to Industry's Immersion Week participants holding up the pack sign.

Academic Partners

Accelerate to Industry academic partner network is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through an Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) grant. In support of the grants goal of sharing the A2i program across institutions, we hold an annual Training Institute at Hunt Library on Centennial Campus to collaboratively develop strategic plan for implementing A2i on your campus.

If you are interested in becoming an academic partner please contact

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Current Academic Partners

Clemson University

Concordia University

Duke University

Florida International University

Florida State University

George Mason University

Illinois State University

Louisiana State University

Medical University of South Carolina

Mississippi State University

North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University

North Carolina Central University

The Ohio State University

Pennsylvania State University

Purdue University

Stellenbosch University

University of Arkansas

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Houston

University of Maryland

University of New Hampshire

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina Charlotte

University of North Dakota

University of Pittsburgh

University of Texas Medical Branch

University of Oklahoma

University of Virginia

Virginia Tech University

Wake Forest University

A2i’s Training Institute

Resources Provided

  • Implementation Guide
  • A2i program launch checklist
  • Template syllabus and program structure
  • Branding guidelines
  • Logos and marketing templates
  • Program evaluation templates

Why We Need More Industry Immersion Programs

Tova Williams, a PhD student in fiber and polymer science, learned to erase her fears of being incapable of performing up to job standards.

During the Summer of 2020, North Carolina State University held their first virtual A2i Job Search Strategies Session open to all our Academic Partners. Overall, a total of 375 trainees were served across 18 different institutions.