Alumnae Stories

"Sharing the Love of the Heart of Christ"
Can't decide if INC is right for you?  Read the stories below as alumnae share their experiences from the INC program. Don't miss the opportunity to meet with fellow alumnae, polish your resume, meet with industry representatives and pursue internship opportunities.

INC 2020 is January 7th!  Registration for alumnae opens on September 16.

Anne Wilhelm '15 - Centene Corporation

Anne Wilhelm '15 in New York City
Centene Corporation – Corporate Communications Intern, Summer 2018
Current Position: Communications Associate at Marathon Strategies, LLC


During the spring of my junior year at Villanova University, I was very stressed about finding a solid summer internship. A lot of my college friends had secured internships in the fall, while I had been studying abroad in Italy. While I wouldn’t trade the pasta for anything, I came back to the U.S. frantic that I was internship-less. My mom (who works at CJA) encouraged me to try out the Alumnae INC event. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I signed up. 
 
There were many networking opportunities at the INC event and I managed to connect with the campus relations representative from Centene Corporation. I continuously followed up with her for the next few months, and by April, I received an offer as their corporate communications intern. As a communications major, it was a GREAT opportunity and I learned so much about digital strategy, public relations and effective crisis communication over the four-month period.
 
I had a fantastic summer at Centene, but I knew that I wanted to stay on the East Coast after I graduated. Therefore, I did not seek full-time opportunities at Centene. However, in January of my senior year, I did not have a full-time offer yet, so I figured I’d reach out to my old team at Centene to see if they had any connections. It turns out, the strategic communications consulting agency that Centene uses is based in New York City! Centene put me in touch with the New York company, called Marathon Strategies, and I interviewed a few times, finally securing a job offer in March of my senior year. I moved to NYC in June 2019, and have had such a blast living and working here so far. 
 
I really can’t believe that I can trace my job here in New York City back to Cor Jesu! It’s crazy where networking (and the INC program) can take you. I encourage all college-aged CJA graduates to give it a try. You never know what will happen! 

Maria Zak '16 - Hastings & Chivetta

Maria Zak with H+C Interns H+C staff at their new office building
Maria Zak ’16
Hastings & Chivetta   – Marketing Intern, Summer 2017, 2018 & 2019
Current Position: Senior at Truman State University
 
I attended Cor Jesu’s first Alumnae INC event in January of my freshman year of college. I was eager to network with professionals and learn about their internship offerings. Little did I know, a simple, friendly conversation with a recruiter from Hastings+Chivetta Architects (H+C) would lead to a marketing internship position that I hold to this day as a senior in college.
 
I began my freshman year, in the Fall of 2016, at Truman State University as a Business Administration and Spanish double major, so I was thrilled to be offered the marketing internship at H+C after meeting their recruiters at the INC event. Over the past few years working at H+C, I’ve found an inspiring group of professionals who care about my personal success and have helped me grow as a marketing professional and team player. They’ve challenged me to be resourceful in learning new things, ultimately making a positive impact on the firm.
 
Now, in my senior year at Truman, my goal is to work in bilingual marketing and sales – a passion fueled by the extensive marketing and business development experience I gained at H+C, and a 17-year love affair learning Spanish. Thanks to the connection I made in the Cor Jesu Commons at the INC event, I gained an invaluable internship opportunity that has jumpstarted my career as a marketing professional.
 
I really hope all current college-aged Chargers attend INC this year. It will be worth it!

Shannon Turner '15 - Centene Corporation

Shannon Turner '15 at Centene
Centene Corporation – Financial Planning & Analysis Department Intern, Summer 2018
Current Position: Financial Analyst at Centene Corporation
 
I attended the Alumnae INC event my junior year of college. I was studying Finance at Mizzou and decided I wanted to try to find a summer experience that was geared toward my major. I was seeking advice from people in the industry and it was actually my friend from Cor Jesu’s dad, who works in public finance at Stifel Nicolaus, who encouraged me to go to the INC event at CJ. It wound up that quite a few financial firms were going to be at the event, so I signed up.
 
At INC, I made connections with Edward Jones, Centene Corporation and NISA Investment Advisors. It was great! And ultimately, thanks to the event, I ended up with a summer internship in the Financial Planning & Analysis Department at Centene.
 
My internship was excellent. I really enjoyed the team I worked with and the work was challenging. I explained monthly variances for corporate departments and worked on reports for the CEO and the CFO – all as just an intern! I loved going to work knowing that I was really contributing to the company. I enjoyed it so much that when they offered me a full-time job for after graduation, I happily accepted.
 
I began full-time at Centene in June 2019 as a Financial Analyst, and it is all thanks to INC. Because of INC and the internship experience at Centene, I went through my entire senior year of college knowing that I had a job after graduation. It was such a relief. I encourage all CJA alumnae to attend INC for a few reasons:
  1. It could lead to an internship and even a full-time job.
  2. Networking is NEVER a waste of time. Even if you don’t find something that interests you or get an internship/job, you will make connections that will be useful down the road.
  3. There are workshops available if you don’t have as much experience networking that are very beneficial.
  4. Headshots! You will receive a professional headshot and those are SO important. You need one. You absolutely need a professional headshot. 100%.
There is no doubt in my mind that if I had chosen to lay on the couch that day on winter break as opposed to attending the INC event, I would not be where I am today. So definitely attend INC this year!
 

Julia Schweizer '15 - NISA Investment Advisors

Julia Schweizer '15 Julia Schweizer at Ernst&Young
NISA Investment Advisors   – Intern, Summer 2016
Current Position: Accountant at Ernst & Young
 
I graduated from Cor Jesu in 2015 and this past year, I graduated with a Master’s in accounting and business data analytics from Loyola University Chicago. I am now working at Ernst & Young in Chicago. 
 
During my sophomore year of college, I attended CJ’s first Alumnae INC event in hopes of finding a summer internship in St. Louis. While Loyola offered many career fairs and resources to find an internship, many of the positions were in Chicago, so I thought INC would be the perfect way to network with professionals in the St. Louis area. Plus, it was great opportunity to visit with CJ teachers and alumnae! 😊
 
I know career fairs can be overwhelming, but having the career fair at CJ, on my home turf, helped me feel much more comfortable and confident. At the INC event, I met the recruiter for NISA Investment Advisors. We quickly realized that we had quite a lot in common, and he suggested applying for NISA’s market research internship. And guess what…I got the offer! During my internship with NISA, I learned about pension funds and bond trading. The team at NISA taught me the importance of asking questions and using details to see the larger picture. 
 
Cor Jesu prepared me to succeed academically in college, and thanks to the INC event, Cor Jesu also helped me launch my career. My experience at NISA qualified me for an internship at Ernst & Young the next summer, which then led to my full-time position with Ernst & Young now, in Chicago.
 
All college-aged CJA alumnae should attend INC! It’s a career fair right at home!

Katherine Tarlas '15 - World Pediatric Project

Katherine Tarlas '15 Katherine Tarlas '15
World Pediatric Project – Development & Special Events Intern, Summer 2017
Current Position: Associate on Video Investment at Spark Foundry (advertising agency in Chicago)
 
I am extremely grateful for the Alumnae INC event at Cor Jesu. After briefly reading about it during my sophomore year at the University of Dayton, I told myself that I didn’t want to go and that I probably wouldn’t get anything out of it. Boy was I wrong!
 
As I was approaching my junior year, I knew it was important to find an internship and gain any experience I could. I eventually decided to give the INC event a try, and I am so grateful because it led to a career experience I wouldn’t trade for the world.
 
As I walked around and spoke with each company, World Pediatric Project (WPP) caught my attention. They were taking applications for the Development and Special Events Internship, which was right up my alley. WPP is a non-profit organization that brings children to St. Louis from low-resource countries in order to get the medical care they need that may not be available for them at home. I inquired further and met the women who were representing the organization at the event – they were both Cor Jesu graduates, which was such a bonus!
 
I applied and interviewed and received an offer for the internship during the Summer of 2017, right before my junior year of college. As part of my internship in development and special events, I had to plan and host my own third-party event to fundraise for WPP. I decided to host a “paint and sip” event that included a silent auction. I worked on the planning and advertising for this event all summer and it turned out to be a great success! I introduced many new people to WPP and lots of them still have a relationship with the organization in some way. 
 
I learned so much during my time at WPP and it all circles back to Cor Jesu hosting the INC event for alumnae in college. Without this event, I wouldn’t have been introduced to this incredible organization or the people who are involved.
 
I graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s in communications and public relations in May 2019, and recently landed a full-time position as an Associate on Video Investment at Spark Foundry, an advertising agency in Chicago. Having the experience at WPP was a HUGE advantage as I went through the interview process. Many firms were very impressed with my experience at WPP and I believe it will truly help me succeed as I embark on my full-time career. Not to mention, I have kept a relationship up with WPP and love to volunteer there any time I am home. I’m so grateful I attended the INC event and I encourage everyone to attend. Just try it out! You won’t regret it!
 

Caitlyn Gund ‘17 - Krilogy

Caitlyn Gund '17
Krilogy – Intern, Summer 2019
 
Current Position: Junior at Davidson College, studying economics
 
I attended the Cor Jesu INC event in January 2019, during my sophomore year at Davidson College where I play field hockey and am studying economics. At the event, I had the opportunity to connect with representatives from Krilogy Financial, a financial services firm that is focused on developing customized wealth management strategies for today’s investor. My conversation led to a summer internship with Krilogy during the summer of 2019.
 
My internship experience with Krilogy was outstanding and it was all thanks to the Alumnae INC event at Cor Jesu. I was able to gain real-world business experience, while learning about the financial advising industry and the skills necessary to pursue a financial advising career. I cannot thank the Krilogy team and Cor Jesu enough for the opportunity.
 
I believe INC is an amazing event because it shows how Cor Jesu will always be there to support its alumnae after graduation. It was really cool to intern with Krilogy, too, because I saw a lot of the skills and habits I learned at Cor Jesu come into play in a real job setting. I felt like I was making an impact as an intern, thanks to my Cor Jesu education.
 
I encourage all CJA college-aged alumnae to attend INC! You won’t regret it!