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Cor Jesu Academy


Corporate Partners Initiative

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 314.842.4429 ext. 235.

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 40 locations.  This exceptional day of discovery and learning is exclusive to Cor Jesu Academy.

exp3 2021 will take place on Monday, October 25.  Student registration begins September 7. 

Learn more about exp3

Summer Business Experience (SBE)

The Summer Business Experience will be held June 6-10, 2022. 

Corporate partners from various areas within the business sector team together 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. 

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You can view the 2021 SBE Brochure by clicking on the link below. 

Summer Engineering Experience (SEE)

In its 9th year, the Summer Engineering Experience will be held June 6-10, 2022

SEE how you can experience engineering before going to college!

Each June, corporate partners from within the engineering industry team together to provide 20 rising juniors and seniors a 5-day immersion into 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.

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You can view the 2021 SEE brochure by clicking on the link below. 


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.   


Engineering Summer Camp Scholarships

Engineering Summer Camp Sponsors

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 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)

*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 CCW office by February 28, 2022

Awardees will be notified by March 21, 2022.

Questions?  Contact Cynthia Wilhelm, Career, College and Wellness Center Director:  (314) 842-4429 ext. 235 or

"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”      

former Camp Scholarship Attendee, Morgan

Watlow Summer Camp Engineering Scholarship Application

On Campus

Career Day

Career Day, which takes place bi-annually, provides a valuable opportunity for Cor Jesu students to learn more about themselves and their future.  Freshman and sophomore students are guided through engaging activities that promote self-discovery, future career considerations and valuable insights into the college search process.  Juniors and seniors spend their time in conversation with Cor Jesu alumnae who return to campus to share their professional expertise and insights across a wide variety of careers. In groups of 8-10, upperclassmen engage with alumnae professionals in an exciting exchange of information and Q&A. 

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

Robotics Team

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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.  For more information contact Team Moderator, Beth Hilton:

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. 

For Alumnae

Alumnae INC - Internship Networking Connections

Designed to match college-aged alumnae with substantive internship and employment opportunities through relationships with CJ corporate partners, this exciting event takes place each January. An innovative registration process allows candidates and potential employers to review opportunities and connect in advance of the event, making their meetings that much more impactful.  The event is free of charge for all participating alumnae. 

Learn More about Alumnae INC

An overhead view of the 2020 Alumnae INC event
A CJ alum talks with an organization rep at the INC event