The A2i program includes several modules that offer a broad range of distinctive partnership opportunities.
We recommend the engagement pathway below for A2i partners. By initially participating in the Industry Immersion Week, companies will gain a first look at a diverse group of highly talented master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral participants while also gaining insight into the broader participation opportunities available through A2i.
This is an intensive experiential learning opportunity that prepares UND graduate students and postdocs for the corporate environment.
The Accelerate to Industry Immersion module includes a 2-5 day immersion experience for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers that includes signature A2i content along with events and activities unique to the Immersion Week.
Highlights may include:
- Leadership Lunch Series
- Company fair
- Week-long team project
- Resume and LinkedIn feedback sessions
- Networking sessions and career panels
- Professional photo session
This practicum is a 12-week development series during which UND graduate students and postdocs learn to leverage their technical backgrounds and creativity to move ideas and projects forward as a part of a cross-disciplinary team.
Each partnering company will work with a multidisciplinary team on a project that is relevant to the company. Moreover, we recruit the team members in response to the company’s needs.
Job Search Strategies
This module is an 8-week development series that offers industry professionals opportunities to participate in workshops, career panels, and presentations that support participants in their efforts to market their abilities to industry companies.
This module establishes opportunities for industry companies to work directly with the UND Graduate School for recruitment.
More than advertising, we recruit outstanding candidates who match internship criteria, and we prepare application portfolios to assist company liaisons with the selection process.
Company Site Visit
We selectively recruit graduate and postdoctoral researchers in response to each company’s specific needs. Our recruitment methods ensure that participants in the site visit are interested in building their careers with the respective company.
Key Competencies and Topics of A2i Modules
|Team Practicum||Job Search Strategies||Company Site Visit|
|Leadership best practices||√||√||√|
|Communicating with non-technical audiences||√||√||√||√|
|Collaborating within teams and across units||√||√||√|
|Corporate cultural awareness and cross-cultural competence||√||√||√||√|
|Entrepreneurship and startups||√||√|
|Intrapreneurship: moving ideas forward in the corporate environment||√||√|
|Project management concepts and tools||√||√|
|Evaluating market and technology landscapes||√||√|
|Intellectual property and regulatory affairs in research||√||√|
|Developing research and personal elevator pitches||√||√||√||√|
|Resume writing, LinkedIn, interviewing and networking strategies||√||√||√||√|