The NC State Graduate School Industry Immersion Program

A one-week immersive program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars who are interested in industry careers.

Are you curious about industry careers? Do you possess the skills that industry companies seek?

Beyond technical prowess, those who hold doctorates and plan to transition from academia to industry are expected to display the following core competencies:

  • Familiarity with key industry concepts, including market analysis, funding, commercialization, intellectual property, and regulatory affairs
  • Knowledge of business models used by industry firms
  • Technology evaluation
  • Experience with basic concepts of business strategy
  • Professional soft skills, including teamwork, leadership, spoken and written communication

Industry professionals from several companies that span different industry sectors will participate in numerous presentations, career panels, and networking activities offered throughout the week. These activities are intended to build awareness of industry career opportunities and proficiency of skills highly valued by industry employers.

To learn more about the week, read the information below and view the Industry Immersion Program agenda and flyer.

The program will run Sunday, July 30, 2017 through Friday, August 4, 2017. Selected participants are expected to attend all program events that occur on Sunday, July 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, and Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4 from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Applications will be accepted from April 27, 2017 until May 31, 2017, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email completed application materials to

Please note, a non-refundable $65 fee will be assessed only for those selected to participate in the program and will cover the cost of lunches and snacks for the week. Participants will need to pay the fee within five (5) business days of their selection notification to reserve their spot in the program.

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We thank BASF, LORD Corporation, and Eastman Chemical Company for their sponsorship, and the many other companies that are supporting the 2017 Industry Immersion Program!

Easing the Academia-to-Industry Transition

Despite possessing advanced science degrees, doctorate holders can experience great difficulty landing jobs that engender strong career advancement. The impact of job scarcity can especially be felt in academia where opportunities continue to narrow. Opportunities abound, though, for people with strong science backgrounds in industry, especially those who can approach industry-related problems from a business perspective. Unfortunately, students in traditional science degree programs often are unaware of industry jobs and they further lack business and professional skills desired by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

The Graduate School's Industry Immersion Program is meant to ease the transition of doctoral candidates and postdocs from academia into industry. During this one-week course, participants will be introduced to the competencies needed to secure jobs and thrive in industry positions through classes, workshops, and a team-based project. More specifically, participants will be offered the following features:

(1) academic training in science management principles and best practices;
(2) exposure to the culture and infrastructure of the science industry;
(3) professional and career development;
(4) career opportunities available in several industry sectors; and
(5) guest presenters from industry.