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 at or at 314.842.4429 ext. 235.

Outside the Classroom

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 Counseling office by February 25, 2019
Awardees will be notified by March 15, 2019.
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”      

    • 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 2018 blog.

You can view the 2018 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

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 3, 2019.  

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 which will take place at Cor Jesu in April.  Awardee will be notified by May 3, 2019.  Applications are accepted March 1 through March 29, 2019.

    • L-R, Hannah Castellano

      L-R, Hannah Castellano '03 and Grace Boehm '19

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

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 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, 2020
  • 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.”

    • From left:  Melissa Lanham, Claire Hite, Catherine Mansfield and Lisa Mikesch Ptasienski CJ

      From left: Melissa Lanham, Claire Hite, Catherine Mansfield and Lisa Mikesch Ptasienski CJ'89

Past Recipients:
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 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 Mr. Frank Cange, 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.