What is Accelerate to Industry (A2i)™?
The Accelerate to Industry™ program is a bold, new approach to enhance graduate and postdoctoral industry workforce readiness. A2i activities include the following events:
- Development series
- Semester-long team projects
- Seminars and career panels
- A week-long industry immersion experience
- Company site visits
The Accelerate to Industry™ approach is modular, and students can benefit from any one activity without necessarily completing the others. As such, A2i is scalable, and other institutions can implement the components that best suit their needs, according to available resources. This program was formerly known as the “Industry Immersion Program”.
Are you curious about industry careers? Do you possess the skills that industry companies seek?
Beyond technical prowess, those who hold advanced degrees, especially doctorates, are expected to apply tactics associated with the following core competency areas in the corporate environment:
- Leadership, communication, and teamwork
- Market and technology evaluation
- Intellectual property and regulatory affairs
- Commercializing research
Every feature of the A2i program promotes development of abilities that are highly valued by industry companies, but not typically trained in academic programs. A2i empowers NC State graduate and postdoctoral scholars to hit the ground running in corporate environments through networking events, discussion panels, presentations, development workshops, company site visits, and team projects. These activities expose participants to numerous industry companies along with insights and tactics that enhance their ability to secure industry positions and experience career success.
A2i topics and sessions include the following:
- Best practices for leadership, teamwork, and communicating with non-technical audiences
- Applying personal branding, networking, using LinkedIn, resume writing, and interview strategies
- Offering personal and research elevator pitches
- Essential concepts of market and technology evaluation, intellectual property and regulatory affairs, and business strategy and commercialization
Contact Dr. Jason Cramer (email@example.com), Director, Accelerate to Industry Program, for more information.
Hit the ground running in the corporate environment.
The A2i Industry Immersion Week is a training experience intended to allow late-stage doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to take a short but deep dive into the corporate environment. Participants will gain exposure to a broad set of training experiences that are intended to elevate their candidacy for industry positions and to enhance their ability to apply knowledge and skills highly valued by companies.
The application period for the summer 2018 A2i Industry Immersion Week will open March 1, 2018.
Leverage your technical background and creativity as a part of a multidisciplinary team.
The A2i Industry Team Practicum is a 12-week development series that is intended to endow NC State graduate students and postdocs with strategies and knowledge that enhances their ability to work as cross-functional operators within diverse teams, to enhance their ability to land jobs, and to better navigate their careers.
Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are recruited for projects based upon the needs of partnering companies.
Position yourself to find and land industry jobs.
The A2i Industry Job Search Strategies module is a half-semester development series meant to provide graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with practical strategies that can be applied to seek and successfully compete for industry jobs.
Registration for this fall 2018 development series will open in April 2018.
Engage with companies that are interested to hire you.
The A2i Industry Site Visit module offers graduate students and postdocs an opportunity to interact with professionals from industry companies during on-site visits. Site visits also serve as an opportunity for industry companies to recruit top NC State talent.
Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are recruited for site visits based upon the needs of partnering companies.
Collect relevant work experience and evaluate companies as future employers.
The A2i Industry Internship will module establishes opportunities for industry companies to recruit NC State graduate and postdoctoral researchers for internship opportunities, and for those researchers to evaluate companies as prospective employers.
We do more than advertise internships within the NC State community. We recruit outstanding candidates who strongly match the internship criteria to apply, and we further work with company staff to coordinate on-campus or on-site interviewing for internship openings, if desired.
Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are recruited for internships based upon the needs of partnering companies.
Accelerate to Industry (A2i)™ Mission and Vision
Our mission is to increase graduate and postdoctoral researcher awareness of industry careers and to enhance their ability to display key business and professional competencies in the corporate environment. We intend for the Accelerate to Industry™ approach to emerge as a national model that will transform graduate and postdoctoral workforce readiness, increase graduate student and postdoctoral researcher competitiveness for industry careers, and serve as a key strategy for building partnerships between universities and the private sector.