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University of Nebraska–Lincoln


Career Accelerator

The Nebraska College of Business Career Center and Clifton Strengths Institute’s Career Accelerator is an immersive and flexible program designed for students to advance their career development and gain targeted skills and experience. Students who complete the program will have an edge over their competition in their future internship or job search process. The program takes place over summer breaks.

Program Description Projects Success Stories


Application Due: May 14 at 12pm CST | Program Dates: June 7 – July 30, 2021

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The accelerator is designed for students to build their own experience by establishing an action plan which focuses on key skills related to professional and career development. Selected participants will each receive individualized coaching, have choice in designing their tasks, and be a team member leveraging their strengths in an engaging presentation about a workplace topic.

Career Readiness Competencies Development


Career & Self-Development







Required Tasks & Time Commitment

3 Coaching Sessions

Networking/Mentoring Plan

Technical Skill Development

Career Topic of Interest

Team Presentation

Estimated 30 hours


Application Due: May 14 at 12pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Week of May 17
Pre-Work Survey: Week of May 24
Program Dates: June 7 – July 30 (8 weeks)

Week 1

Coaching Session #1

Week 2

Action Plan Submission

Week 3 - 6

Team Meetings & Work on Action Items

Week 7

Coaching Session #3

Week 8

Final Presentation


The Career Accelerator Program application is due May 14 at 12pm CST. Applicants are selected based on:

  • Committing fully to the program and following the timeline, which requires a minimum of 30 hours of work (4-6 hours weekly) over the course of 8 weeks.
  • Ability to take initiative, embrace ambiguity and plan and mange time effectively.

The program strives to find students who in which are a good match and want to grow professionally. No experience is necessary, though, commitment is required and expected throughout the duration of the program.

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Student Examples of Career Development Action Items

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Ali Steger Project
Ali Steger

Career Accelerator - Racial Justice
Ali created a website for her final project to document what happened this summer regarding racial justice and how it sparked learning, growth and change.

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Ali Steger Project
Cindy Valladares

Cindy's Blog
Cindy made a blog to showcase what she accomplished during the program. This blog includes a network action plan, interview experiences and more.

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Zach S Project
Zachary Scamehorn

Zach's Video Presentation
Zach created video for his final project to display how he updated his portfolio, took classes through LinkedIn Learning and more.

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Bhabishya's Project
Bhabishya Neupane

Bhabishya's Slide Presentation
Bhabishaya built a presentation in RStudio to show the things he worked on during the program, including how he learned a new programming language.

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Student Success Stories

“I thought this would be a great opportunity for self-development that would lend itself well toward helping me secure an internship in the future. Networking, reading books on leadership and improving my resume and LinkedIn profile are all things that I can do on my own, but they tend to be tasks that I put off. Having this program held me accountable, as well as having a coach to help guide me, challenged me to do more. Networking was something I’d always said I would get around to, but this program has pushed me to actually commit to it."

Tori Pedersen, business minor pursuing opportunities in HR

Tori Pedersen

“It was an interesting summer with the pandemic, and we didn’t necessarily have all the options that we normally have when it comes to internships and research experiences. In my last year at the university, I was looking for a little clarity in my future. This program allowed me to develop professionally while looking at potential careers in my field. With an interest in public policy and administration, I thoroughly researched all my options with the help of this program, so I now have a better idea as to what I'm going to do after I graduate. This program guides you in the right direction to achieve your future goals, or if you don’t know what they are, it can help you narrow it down by creating a plan of action to succeed."

José Villa, economics and Spanish major from Lincoln, Nebraska

“I signed up for the Summer Career Accelerator Program to gain internship experience, strengthen my resume and build technical skills in the business field. This has been a great opportunity for me to grow professionally and develop more self-motivation. This was my first experience creating my own project and having the freedom to complete it how I choose. I decided to focus on racial justice, both educating myself, others, and volunteering in the Minneapolis community. This summer, I collected donations for toiletry items and groceries for Minneapolis residents who were impacted by rioting. A local church distributes them to around 550 residents who often line up hours before the distribution begins each day."

Ali Steger, management major from Eagan, Minnesota

Ali Stege

“I saw the program as a way to improve myself while gaining new skills. You receive three coaching sessions, which means most of the time you're the one managing your achievements. This is a great program to work on time management, efficiency, new skills and if you choose the informational interviews, you meet awesome professionals in the career path of your interest. I intentionally spent time working on skills I knew were favorable to future employers, had the time to read more about personal finance, and shared through LinkedIn about the incredible work I'm a part of as a student worker for the Center of Entrepreneurship. At the end of the program, I can say I'm proud of taking the opportunity to be part of it!"

Cindy Valladares, finance major from San Pedro Sula, Honduras


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