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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.


UA Zip to Industry

Contact Us

Erin Stevic
Program Coordinator
Zook Hall, 413

Connecting Coursework With Careers

Every year, selected first-year students complete between two and five different, four-hour company visits in which they are paired, one-to-one, with a UA co-op/intern student 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.

Interested in joining the 2020-2021 cohort?  Click For Information

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

News and Events

2020-2021 Student Selection

Article: Shadowing Prepares STEM Students

Grant Award Announcement

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, the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, and Career Services.