Corporate Partners Initiative & STEM

Cor Jesu Corporate Partners Initiative

Beginning in April 2013, with a brainstorming session among representatives from 10 area corporations, Cor Jesu Academy launched a new frontier of learning which enables students to expand beyond classroom constraints and open doors to hands on learning and future career discovery.  Originally focused solely on STEM, the program has expanded to encompass a wider variety of career opportunities.
Corporate partners are collaborating with Cor Jesu to expand and enhance the definition of college preparatory at Cor Jesu Academy through the following initiatives:

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:
•Completed application form 
•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)
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 can be downloaded by clicking here.  

Completed applications, inclusive of faculty letter of recommendation and written essay must be submitted to the Cor Jesu Guidance office by February 24, 2017
Awardees will be notified by March 17, 2017.
Questions?  Contact Cynthia Wilhelm, Director of Corporate Engagement:  (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”      

Summer Engineering Experience (S.E.E.)

S.E.E. 2017 will be held June 5 – 9.  Registration is open February 1—March 3, and requires that both a registration form and permission slip be turned into the Guidance Department by March 3, 2017. 
S.E.E. 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. 

View the 2016 S.E.E. brochure (The 2017 brochure is currently in process - stay tuned!)

To learn more and see highlights from last year's S.E.E. week, visit the SEE webpage or contact Cynthia Wilhelm at

RubinBrown Advanced Learning Internship At Cor Jesu - NEW for Summer 2017!

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 5, 2017.  

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 who will be at Cor Jesu on April 24 to interview applicants.  Awardee will be notified by May 1, 2017.  Applications are accepted through March 31, 2017.

Watlow Scholars Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 Watlow Scholars Award.  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
  • Demonstrate legitimate financial need
  • Submit an essay, detailing her engineering interest
  • Participate in an interview with Watlow team members as part of the selection process
  • Commit to an internship at Watlow for summer, 2017
  • Have a willingness to give back to Cor Jesu’s engineering program
Click here to download an application. For more information contact Cynthia Wilhelm, Director of Corporate Engagement 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 a grand total of six scholarships including 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.”

    • CJ President Sr. Barbara Thomas, ASCJ; Clare Reinwart

      CJ President Sr. Barbara Thomas, ASCJ; Clare Reinwart '17; Hannah Chauvin '17; and Melissa Lanham (Watlow Senior Project Engineer)

Past Recipients:
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

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.

Robotics Club

Robotics Club Accepting New Members
The Cor Jesu Robotics Club 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 VEX IQ 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 (Mondays or Wednesdays after school in Room 135) or get more information by contacting Mrs. Laura Piontek, the club moderator:

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. 
"Sharing the Love of the Heart of Christ"


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. As part of the selection process, applicants will be asked to participate in an interview with a representative from RubinBrown who will be at Cor Jesu on April 24 to interview applicants.

Download application

More Information

For more information about Cor Jesu’s Corporate Partners Initiative, contact Cynthia Wilhelm at or at 314.842.4429 ext. 235.