Zip To Industry: A First-Year Corporate-STEM Connection Program
The University of Akron’s Zip To Industry program offers first-year science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors opportunities to shadow upperclass UA students already on cooperative education and internship assignments. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this research-based program studies whether first-year students who participate in job-shadowing are more likely to continue with their STEM majors than first-year students who do not receive the intervention.
News and Events
- Shadowing Prepares STEM Students
Shadowing prepares STEM students, benefits companies
- Grant Award Announcement
Job shadowing will help first year STEM students find career paths
- 2018-19 Shadowing Cohort
The 2018-2019 Zip To Industry cohort is currently shadowing at local employers.
Learn more about the selection process by clicking here.
Connecting Coursework With Careers
Every year, selected first-year students complete up to ten different, four-hour company visits in which they are paired, one-to-one, with a UA co-op/intern students (shadowed employees) on assignment at regional employers. Through these shadowing experiences, first-year students discover what people employed in their areas of interest do on a typical workday, connect their UA coursework with real-world applications, and identify the skills they will need to succeed in STEM careers.
Zip To Industry Students
- Create deeper connections with their majors
- Explore different jobs in their areas of interest
- Meet potential employers in the region
- Learn more about UA cooperative education and internship opportunities
Erin Stevic, Program Coordinator
National Science Foundation Funded, Cross-College Initiative
Zip To Industry: A First-Year Corporate-STEM Connection Program is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation, award 1726464. The program is an initiative from the College of Engineering, the College of Applied Science and Technology, the Butchel College for Arts and Sciences, and the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education.