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Accelerate to Industry

What is Accelerate to Industry (A2i)?

Accelerate to Industry is an innovative approach to workforce training for graduate students. First developed by the North Carolina State University, this program connects graduate students with industry companies to explore employment opportunities. The program helps graduate students develop the business, leadership, and communication skills that companies seek in new employees.

The mission of A2i is to:

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

A2i Modules

A2i seeks to bridge the gaps between traditional academic training and industry employment readiness through five training modules. These modules provide a range of career and professional development opportunities for graduate students to build their skills and engage with industry partners at all stages of their graduate careers. We recommend starting with Industry Job Search Strategies early and finishing with Industry Immersion as you complete your degree.


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

  • Leadership, communication, and teamwork
  • Corporate cultural competency
  • Market and technology evaluation
  • Intellectual property and regulatory affairs
  • Commercializing research

Key Features:

  • 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 job offers
  • Multidisciplinary team projects completed in collaboration with industry companies
  • Career and Human Resource panels
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