Corporate Partners Initiative

"Sharing the Love of the Heart of Christ"
Beginning in April, 2013 with a brainstorming session among representatives from 10 area corporations, Cor Jesu Academy embarked upon a new academic frontier which enables students to expand beyond classroom constraints and open doors to hands-on learning and future career discovery.  Originally focused solely on STEM, CPI partnerships now represent a wide and continually expanding variety of career areas open to both current students and CJA alumnae.

In addition to lending support and enhancement to Cor Jesu classroom and curriculum goals, CPI includes the following programs and student support:   exp3, SEE, ENG Summer Camp Scholarships, Watlow Scholars, RubinBrown Advanced Learning Internship and INC.

For more information about Cor Jesu’s Corporate Partners Initiative, contact Cynthia Wilhelm, Career, College and Wellness Center Director at or at 314.842.4429 ext. 235.

Outside the Classroom

NEW for 2020! - Summer Business Experience (SBE)

New this year, and spawned by the success of its sister program in Engineering, the Summer Business Experience will be held June 1-4, 2020. At this time, we are proceeding with this program as planned. Registration is open February 4 – April 30, and requires that both a registration form and a permission slip be emailed to Cynthia Wilhem at by April 30.

Corporate partners from various areas within the business sector will team together for this exciting four-day immersion into the study and practice of business. Open to 20 rising juniors and seniors, the week will actively engage participants as it illuminates understanding about what majoring in business at the college level looks like, and how individual majors translate into eventual careers.

Mon-Wed of the week will be hosted by a different SBE partner at their place of business, and will target a variety of focus areas, utilizing experiential learning techniques and allowing students the opportunity to interact with professionals in “real world” surroundings. The week will conclude back at Cor Jesu on Thursday with student presentations and a recap session that applies the learnings of the week and invites ongoing conversation and exploration.

You can view the 2020 SBE Brochure by clicking on the link below.

Engineering Summer Camp Scholarships

Through the generosity of Watlow, four Cor Jesu students have received full ($600) scholarships to attend a week-long engineering camp at the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO or Saint Louis University Parks College this summer.  

Juniors Julia Brumfield, Emily Gurley, Clare Hilton and Amanda Metzler will be attending camps at either Missouri S&T in Rolla or SLU Parks College. After attending camp, each awardee will write a follow-up essay, recounting their camp experience and sharing specific ways in which the experience has influenced her thinking about the field of engineering. 
Watlow’s camp scholarship contribution is part of Cor Jesu’s STEM Corporate Partners Initiative which seeks to redefine college preparatory by going beyond classroom boundaries to promote exposure, learning and discovery in STEM careers.  
Information on applying for summer, 2021 scholarships will be available in the first quarter of 2021.
    • Students explore careers in veterinary medicine and nutrition at Royal Canin.

      Students explore careers in veterinary medicine and nutrition at Royal Canin.

Summer Engineering Experience (SEE)

SEE 2020 will be held June 1-5.  At this time, we are proceeding with program as planned. Registration is open February 4 - April 30, and requires that both a registration form and permission slip be emailed to Cynthia Wilhelm at  by April 30, 2020.
SEE how you can experience engineering before going to college!

Each June corporate partners within the engineering industry team together with Cor Jesu to give 20 rising juniors and seniors a week-long immersion into the field of engineering, discovering and exploring within a wide variety of industry disciplines—at no cost to students.
Each day, Mon-Thurs, has a different engineering focus at a variety of host sites, where students take part in hands-on activities and in-depth interactions with professionals to really experience all that being an engineer can mean. Students debrief with a accompanying CJ faculty member each day, prompted with questions from industry leaders at each site.  
The week concludes back at Cor Jesu with a panel of participating professionals and STEM faculty who help facilitate student discussion/presentations about what they have learned and what conclusions—about the field of engineering and about themselves— can be drawn and applied to the Cor Jesu mission to transform the world.  Applications are accepted in February each year. 

To learn more about the daily activities, read the SEE Week 2019 blog.

You can view the 2020 SEE brochure by clicking on the link below.

exp3: EXPosure, EXPerience, EXPloration

Open to students at every grade level, the exp3 program allows Cor Jesu students to choose from among a list of careers in corporations, professional practices and non-profit organizations, and spend the day immersed in that career experience—interacting with professionals and participating in hands-on activities.  Hosts include ample time for informal discussion, questions and “journey stories” of the academic and professional paths they had taken to arrive at their current position.
Due to visit restrictions in place at company offices, the exp3 career exploration program will be suspended for the 2020-21 school year.  In special consideration of our seniors, who will not have a future opportunity to participate in the program, we have asked our exp3 hosts and additional corporate partners to consider serving as a professional resources.  Willing professional participants are currently being compiled into a database which will be kept in the CCW Center.  Seniors interested in making a personal contact within an area of career interest should stop by the CCW Center or request an appointment with Mrs. Wilhelm via Outlook:

Cor Jesu Alumnae, INC Internship Networking Connections

Cor Jesu Alumnae INC, is designed to match Cor Jesu college-aged alumnae with substantive internship and employment opportunities.  Employers and alumnae candidates initially “meet” and exchange information online, via the secure CJ, INC webpage.  In January of each year a networking event hosted at Cor Jesu allows those conversations to continue face-to-face as positions and candidates discuss future possibilities.  Last year nearly one third of alumnae participants were offered at least one position following this event!  Registration opens in the fall of each year. For more information and registration dates go to

RubinBrown Advanced Learning Internship At Cor Jesu

RubinBrown, a Clayton-based accounting and consulting firm, will award a paid summer internship that provides experience in accounting, financial management, investment advisory, and statistical analysis.  The internship is designed for a rising Cor Jesu senior familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.  The ideal candidate is a motivated individual who is analytical, likes solving problems and working with people, is interested in accounting and financial management and wants to experience a professional business environment.  The position is part-time (3-4 days/week) with flexible hours.  Expected start date is June 1, 2020.  At this time, we are proceeding with program as planned.

An application form and requirements are available by clicking here.  As part of the selection process, applicants will be asked to participate in an interview with a representative from RubinBrown. Details regarding interviews will be shared directly with applicants.  Awardees will be notified after May 1, 2020.  Applications are accepted March 2 through April 30, 2020. Please email your completed application to Cynthia Wilhelm at

Past Recipients:

2018-19 - Grace Killian
2017-18 - Grace Boehm
2016-17 - Anne Hubble

    • Simulation mannequins assist students in exploring health careers at SSM SLU Hospital.

      Simulation mannequins assist students in exploring health careers at SSM SLU Hospital.

Watlow Scholars Internship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-21 Watlow Scholars Internship.  To be considered, Cor Jesu juniors who meet the following criteria may apply:  
  • Have successfully completed her junior year of studies through date of application
  • Demonstrate an interest in engineering
  • Submit an essay, detailing her engineering interest
  • Participate in an interview with Watlow team members as part of the selection process
Click here to download an application. Applications are due in the CCW Office by March 13, 2020. For more information contact Cynthia Wilhelm, Career, College and Wellness Center Director at (314) 842-4429 ext. 235 or
About Watlow:  
Watlow designs and manufactures industrial heaters, temperature sensors, controllers and supporting software as well as assemblies – all of the components of a thermal system. The company partners with its customers to optimize thermal performance, decrease design time and improve efficiency of their products and applications.   
A message from Watlow:
“Watlow’s relationship with Cor Jesu started with a goal: How do we expand the potential for CJ girls to choose engineering as a career? In order to achieve that goal, we realized how important it was for the students to be mentored, learn by doing, and be exposed to other women engineers and various engineering careers. This vision statement has led to proud moments for both Watlow and Cor Jesu, including the Summer Engineering Experiences we’ve had the last two summers, along with internships and job-shadowing opportunities at our company. The word ‘joy’ comes to mind when we know we can help pass the word along about what engineering is about, giving encouragement and insight.”

    • L-R, Sr. Veronica Beato, ASCJ (

      L-R, Sr. Veronica Beato, ASCJ ('74), Isobel Dernlan, Anastasia Ramig, Melissa Lanham

Past Recipients:
2019-20 - Isobel Dernlan and Anastasia Ramig
2018-19 - Claire Hite and Catherine Mansfield
2017-18 - Claire Beirne and Miranda Nolan
2016-17 - Hannah Chauvin and Claire Reinwart
2015-16 - Renee Ellegood and Ellie Lunte
2014-15 - Shannon McKeon and Sarah Mohrmann
2013-14 - Cara Greenley and Abigail Chellis

Inside the Classroom

Robotics Team

Robotics Team Accepting New Members
The Cor Jesu Robotics Team is a fun and educational way for students to test their engineering and technical design skills, working as a team to build a robot that competes in FIRST competitions.  Students design, build and program the robot, each taking an active role in the project.  New members are always welcome, and no prior experience is necessary.  Students may join by attending a meeting (Thursdays after school in the Cafeteria) or get more information by contacting Mrs. Beth Hilton, the team moderator:

    • Cor Jesu Robotics Club at FIRST competition

      Cor Jesu Robotics Club at FIRST competition

Independent Science Research (ISR)

Designed for juniors and seniors who possess a strong interest in pursuing science as a career, this hands-on course allows Cor Jesu students to work directly with a professional mentor from industry and academic sectors.  Students choose a topic, write a research proposal, perform their own research and process data.  Each participant is required to enter her project in the Honors Division of the St. Louis Science Fair and to present her research at various area symposia.   Academic and industry partners Washington University and SSM St. Joseph Health Center have partnered with Cor Jesu to outfit the research lab with state-of-the-art equipment, exceptional in a high school environment.  Mentors from Danforth Plant Science Center, Monsanto and Washington University provide student guidance.  Click here to watch students in the ISR program describe their experiences.