The Graduate College


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The Accelerate to Industry (A2i) program helps N.C. A&T graduate students obtain the workforce skills and experience they need to succeed in a dynamic industry career path. Students will have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders as they prepare for their future after graduate school.

On our A2i Student page, students can learn more about upcoming A2i events and register to participate. Details about industry partnerships can be found on our A2i Partners page.

Our Mission

  • Provide N.C. A&T graduate students with professional training and networking opportunities to prepare them for the wide range of available industry careers
  • Help our graduate students secure industry jobs
  • Collaborate with industry partners to develop innovative workforce training and provide student engagement opportunities

A2i Modules

These modules offer you the opportunity to engage with A2i opportunities at all stages of your graduate career. Students can learn more and register for upcoming opportunities on our A2i Student page.

  • Industry Job Search Strategies
    Job Search Strategies (JSS) includes talks from industry speakers and workshops led by University faculty and administrators. Topics covered in this module include: career exploration, business communication, application materials, interviewing, salary negotiations, networking, informational interviews, and corporate culture. Students in all stages of their graduate program can participate in this module. Industry speakers come from a variety of industries including private sector, non-profit, and government.
  • Company Site Visits
    We selectively recruit graduate and postdoctoral researchers in response to each company’s specific recruitment needs. Our recruitment methods ensure that participants in the site visit are interested in building their careers with the respective company.
  • Industry Internships
    This module establishes opportunities for industry companies to work directly with N.C. A&T for employee recruitment. We recruit outstanding candidates who match internship criteria, and we help prepare application portfolios to assist company liaisons with the selection process.
  • Industry Team Practicum
    This practicum helps graduate students learn to leverage their technical backgrounds and creativity to move ideas and projects forward as a part of a cross-disciplinary team. Partnering companies will work with a multidisciplinary team of students on a project that is relevant to the company.
  • Industry Immersion
    This is an intensive experiential learning opportunity that prepares N.C. A&T graduate students for the corporate environment. The Accelerate to Industry Immersion module includes multi-day immersion experiences with corporate partners.

Past and Current A2i Industry Partners:

amazon logo      dell logo       eastman logo


ERP International Logo       GE Research logo       johnson and johnson logo


lenovo logo       liberty mutual logo     pinnacle logo 



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For more information about the A2i program, please contact Dr. Clay Gloster, Jr. (email).