Want to participate in A2i activities?

Follow the link below to complete an interest form that will be used to recruit individuals for future A2i opportunities. To apply for the summer 2018 A2i Immersion Week, please visit the Apply page.

A2i Interest Form

To accelerate your transition to industry and to transform graduate education, here at NC State and across the United States, we’ve designed a bold, new approach to workforce readiness: Accelerate to Industry (A2i)™.

Although ample employment opportunities can be found with industry companies, graduate students tend to be unaware of industry careers, and they often lack the business and professional skills that companies seek.

Transforming Graduate Education

We have designed a bold, new approach to workforce readiness.

Read more at WRAL TechWire

Our mission is to show NC State graduate students, postdocs, and alumni the wide range of available industry careers, to help them secure industry jobs, and to empower them to hit the ground running in the corporate environment by demonstrating key competencies that are not usually learned through graduate training.

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.

These modules can be completed in any order, and you will experience the benefits of A2i by completing any one, without necessarily completing all of them.

A2i modules offer a broad range of activities that will expose you to numerous companies that span the major industry sectors, to insights into corporate culture, to tactics that can be used to secure jobs, and to strategies that will support your long-term career success.

Key features:

  • Multidisciplinary team projects completed in collaboration with industry companies
  • Leadership presentations from renowned industry professionals
  • Company site visits and company fairs
  • Internships and networking sessions
  • Development workshops and career 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:

Moreover, A2i modules include opportunities for you to receive support in the following areas:

  • Personal branding and networking
  • LinkedIn use and interviewing
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Personal and research elevator pitches
A2i Immersion Week
A2i Team Practicum
A2i Job Search Strategies
A2i Site Visits
A2i Internships

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