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Cor Jesu Academy


Corporate Partners Initiative (CPI)

Beginning in April, 2013 Cor Jesu Academy embarked upon a new academic frontier which enables students to explore beyond classroom walls 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 college.

In addition to enhancing and expanding Cor Jesu’s classroom and curriculum goals, CPI provides a dynamic offering of programs, internships and academic support exclusive to Cor Jesu Academy.

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For more information about Cor Jesu’s Corporate Partners Initiative, contact Cynthia Wilhelm, Career, College and Wellness Center Director at or at 314.300.6354.

Off Campus


exp3: EXPosure, EXPerience, EXPloration

exp3: exposure, experience, exploration

Open to students at every grade level, the exp3 program allows Cor Jesu students to spend a full day immersed in a career experience of their choice, interacting with professionals on site and participating in hands-on activities at one of over 30 locations.  This exceptional day of discovery and learning is exclusive to Cor Jesu Academy.

exp3 2024 will take place on Monday, October 14.  Student registration is currently closed and will open in September 2024. If you have any questions, you may contact Cynthia Wilhelm at

Learn more about exp3

Summer Business Experience (SBE)

The Summer Business Experience will be held June 3 - 7, 2024. 

Corporate partners from various areas within the business sector team up for this exciting five-day immersion into the study and practice of business. Open to 20 rising juniors and seniors, the week actively engages participants as it illuminates understanding about what majoring in business at the college level looks like, and how individual majors apply to eventual careers. 

Mon-Thurs of the week is hosted by a different SBE partner and targets key focus areas, utilizing experiential learning techniques and allowing students the opportunity to actively engage with professionals, as they consider real world business scenarios. Throughout the week, student teams are mentored by professional coaches who facilitate activities that apply daily presentation content and guide students’ exploration and discovery. Friday wraps up the week with student presentations and lively discussion to aid students in drawing conclusions about themselves and the week’s learnings. 

Summer Engineering Experience (SEE)

In its 11th year, the Summer Engineering Experience will be held June 3-7, 2024

SEE how you can experience engineering before going to college!

Each June, corporate partners from the engineering industry collaborate to provide 20 rising juniors and seniors a 5-day immersion in the field of engineering. Innovative activities and presentations promote student discovery and exploration over a variety of industry disciplines.  

Each day highlights a different engineering discipline through hands-on activities and in-depth interactions with professionals, allowing students to discover and explore all that being an engineer can mean. Students debrief with an accompanying CJ STEM faculty member throughout the week, applying program content to real world challenges. The week concludes with student presentations and discussion to help distill the week’s learnings and guide students’ continuing discovery.

Summer Medicine Experience

The Summer Medicine Experience will be held June 3-7, 2024

Take a deep dive into the world of medicine!

Cor Jesu's exciting Summer Medicine Experience (SME) is an experiential learning adventure designed for 20 rising juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in medicine.

A team of physicians from various specialties will offer students valuable information about the road to medical school and what lies beyond. Individual and small-group shadowing opportunities will provide hands-on learning and valuable personal engagement with professionals. This exciting week will conclude with a panel of physicians for Q&A, shared insights from the week and a fun group lunch.


Blue Stars Therapy Internships

Blue Stars Therapy offers early intervention services, providing Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Therapy, and Behavioral Therapy for young children, aged 0-5 years, with autism and other developmental delays. Guided by the belief that each of their clients is a “star” and possesses unique strengths and qualities, BST’s mission is to unlock the developmental potential of each child through a positive, sustained connection between caregiver and child. Interns will work a part-time, flexible schedule and have the opportunity to gain experience in an early intervention setting, working alongside a variety of professional therapists. This opportunity is open to Cor Jesu rising seniors and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in early childhood development or in one of the therapy services offered. 

Blue Stars Therapy Internship Description

Blue Stars Therapy Internship Application

The International Companies Internships

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The International Companies, a local, family-owned, multi-million dollar corporation with numerous research, manufacturing and distributing divisions within the food industry, offers two paid summer internships (late May through early August) for graduating Cor Jesu seniors.  Learning modules within key subject areas are supported by various International Companies’ teams and each involve instruction, independent study, hands-on activities and reporting.  Applications are accepted in February of each year and require a completed application form, a 300 words or less essay on a provided prompt and a scheduled interview with the International Companies’ selection team.

Business and Entrepreneurial:  This internship is specifically designed to provide practical professional business exposure, entrepreneurial insights and hands-on experience to young women interested in pursuing the study of business at the college level.  To qualify for consideration, applicants must have successfully completed the Cor Jesu Summer Business Experience (SBE).  

Food Science:  This internship provides one exceptional student the opportunity to probe deeply into the field of both human and animal food science, working side by side with industry professionals and gaining real world experience.   

For more information, please contact Cynthia Wilhelm at

Kersting Veterinary Externship

Established by Dr. David J. Kersting in 1992, the Kersting Veterinary Clinic provides exceptional health care for exotic animals, including birds, small mammals and reptiles, as well as canine and feline patients. Committed to the support of students interested in pursuing a veterinary education, Kersting Veterinary Hospital offers one summer externship for a rising Cor Jesu senior. During the externship, the selected student follows a veterinarian during clinical appointments with patients, during hospital treatments, diagnostic testing and surgery. She also learns patient restraint in order to assist with clinic appointments. The externship consists of a 40-hour work week during one week of the summer.

Kersting Veterinary Externship Application

St. Louis Pain Consultants Internship

St. Louis Pain Consultants, one of the leading and most trusted pain management facilities in the St. Louis area, specializes in treating the causes of chronic pain. Passionate about helping their clients become whole again and committed to supporting education, St. Louis Pain Consultants offers one paid, part-time (18-20hrs/week) summer internship.  This opportunity is open to Cor Jesu students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare who will have just completed their junior year or just graduated from Cor Jesu. Working closely with medical professionals, internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to, updating client medical records, transcription of client voicemails and direct client interactions, as well as potential for clinical observation. 

St. Louis Pain Consultants Internship Application

MSMF wealth Management Internship

MSMF Wealth Management partners with clients in a personal way, gaining a true understanding of their life goals and then applying financial insight and experience to successfully guide them through life’s transitions.  Committed to both supporting women professionals in the industry and to student mentoring, MSMF offers a paid summer internship to a rising Cor Jesu senior or a just-graduated alumna interested in pursuing a career in finance/business or financial planning.  Interns work closely with the MSMF team, gaining valuable insights about the wealth management industry and working with clients.

MSMF Wealth Management Internship application



Engineering Summer Camp Scholarships

Through the generosity of Watlow, two 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 (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) or SLU Parks College.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Rolla, MO campus or SLU School of Science and Engineering.

Engineering summer Camp Scholarship Application

On Campus

Career Day

Cor Jesu students attend a biannual career day, providing a valuable opportunity to learn more about their current interests and where that may take them in the future. All students select an alumnae-led panel for an interactive conversation around career path and field-specific insights.

Career Day not only opens doors to a future of possibilities; it offers a meaningful forum for students and alumnae to strengthen and grow the bond of sisterhood they share.   

A Cor Jesu alumna speaks about engineering at Career Day 2020
A Cor Jesu alumna speaks about counseling at Career Day 2020

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. 

INC: Internship, Networking, Connections

Designed to match college-aged alumnae with substantive internship and employment opportunities through relationships with CJA corporate partners. The event is held in the CJA Student Commons where various organizations set-up booths in a career fair style. Some of the organizations' representatives are even Cor Jesu alumnae! This is a fantastic opportunity to begin networking and jump-start your career! 

This year's event was held on Thursday, January 4, 2024. Thank you to all who joined us! We look forward to seeing you next year!

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