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, Counseling and Wellness Center Director at or at 314.842.4429 ext. 235.

Outside the Classroom

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 Emma Gottschlich, Jessica Smith and Samantha Thompson and Sophomore Abby Noonan will be attending either the Jackling Intro to Engineering camp at MO S&T in Rolla or the Engineering Summer Academy at SLU Parks College.  Both are residential camps that, in addition to providing a wealth of engineering experience and discovery, will also provide these students with a taste of dorm/campus life.    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, 2020 scholarships will be available in the first quarter of 2020.
    • 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 2019 will be held June 3-7.  Registration is open February 4—March 1, and requires that both a registration form and permission slip be turned into the Counseling Department by March 1, 2019.
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 2019 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.
exp3 is scheduled on the Monday after High School Open House each November, a day on which there are no classes scheduled at CJ, so participation does not interfere with regular classwork.  Registration takes place in September of each year. Site visit assignments are determined on a first come, first served basis, with potential deference to upperclassmen.

Cor Jesu Alumnae, INC Internship Networking Connections

The newest CPI program, 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

Congratulations to Grace Killian '20 who was chosen as the recipient of the RubinBrown Advanced Learning Internship, a paid summer position designed for one Cor Jesu rising senior interested in learning more about business and accounting. Sarah McDoniel, campus recruiter at RubinBrown, and Claire Anglo, tax accountant and CJ alumna, delivered the news to Grace.

The position includes rotations in accounting, financial management, investment advisory and statistical analysis. The RubinBrown Advanced Learning Internship is part of the Cor Jesu Corporate Partners Initiative, established in 2013 to enable students to expand beyond classroom constraints and open doors to hands-on learning and career discovery. 
    • Grace Killian

      Grace Killian '20 with Sarah McDoniel and Claire Anglo

Past Recipients:

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.

Waltow Scholars Award

Watlow Scholars Named for 2019-20 School Year

Cor Jesu seniors Isobel Dernlan and Anastasia Ramig were named this year’s Watlow Scholars, an award which includes a $7,500 scholarship toward their 2019-20 high school tuition and a paid internship at Watlow the summer after their graduation from Cor Jesu. Melissa Lanham, a representative from Watlow's Hannibal plant, visited CJA on September 6 to present these awards to Claire and Catherine, immediately following First Friday Liturgy.

To qualify for the Watlow Scholars award, Cor Jesu juniors who meet the following criteria may apply in February, 2020
  • Have successfully completed her junior year of studies through date of application 
  • Demonstrate an interest in engineering 
  • Demonstrate legitimate financial need 
  • Submit an essay, detailing her engineering interest 
  • Commit to an internship at Watlow for summer 2021 
  • Have a willingness to give back to Cor Jesu’s engineering program ­

Watlow Scholars award is part of the Cor Jesu Corporate Partners Initiative, established in spring 2012 to enhance learning and expand the definition of college preparatory through collaboration with professionals in business and non-profit sectors.

For more information, contact Cynthia Wilhelm, Career College and Wellness Center Director at (314) 842-4429 ext. 235 or
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      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.