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, SBE, ENG Summer Camp Scholarships, Watlow Scholars 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

Summer Business Experience (SBE)

Returning for 2021, the Summer Business Experience will be held June 7-11, 2021. Registration is now open, and requires that both a registration form and a permission slip be emailed to Cynthia Wilhem at by February 26.

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. The brochure for the 2021 SBE program will be available soon.

Engineering Summer Camp Scholarships

Through the generosity of Watlow, four scholarships ($600 each) are available for any current Cor Jesu student interested in learning more about engineering by attending a summer camp at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (fomerly University of Missouri-Rolla) or SLU Parks College.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Rolla, MO campus or SLU Parks College.  Requirements for scholarship applications are as follows:
•Letter of recommendation from one faculty member*
•Written essay (300-500 words) explaining how a Cor Jesu graduate could live out the school mission to transform the world within the field of engineering.
•Cor Jesu transcript (SLU Parks College camps only)
*Faculty members, please email your recommendation letter(s) to Cynthia Wilhelm ( or place a printed version in a sealed envelope in her mailbox in the main office.
After attending camp, scholarship recipients will be required to 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.
An application form which includes a list of qualifying camps and descriptions is available by clicking here.

Completed applications, inclusive of faculty letter of recommendation and written essay must be submitted to the Cor Jesu CCW office by February 28, 2021
Awardees will be notified by March 20, 2021.
Questions?  Contact Cynthia Wilhelm, Career, College and Wellness Center Director:  (314) 842-4429 ext. 235 or
A word from former Camp Scholarship Attendee, Morgan :
"The camp I attended helped me to see what mechanical engineers do on a daily basis and the opportunities that I would have as an engineer in that field. When I arrived, I saw that out of the twenty one campers only three were girls. I saw that there is a great need for women in the field of engineering. This camp has really opened my eyes and shown me the benefits of being an engineer and how I, as an engineer could develop products to help those around the world”      

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

Summer Engineering Experience (SEE)

SEE 2021 will be held June 7-11.  Registration is now open and requires that both a registration form and permission slip be emailed to Cynthia Wilhelm at  by February 26, 2021.
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. More details about the 2021 program will be available soon.

Watlow Scholars Internship

Applications are currently being reviewed.  Watlow Scholars awardees for summer, 2021 internships will be announced in April.
    • 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

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.