University of St. Thomas and Corporate Partners Collaborate on Unique Internship Program

First-Generation College Students Gain Experience With Local Companies Including Impact Fluid Solutions

The Houston Business Journal recently published an article showcasing a novel program from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

As higher education continues to play a key role in the development of our nation’s future workforce, there is an ongoing need to provide first-generation and lower-income students the opportunity to make their academic dreams reality. To support this goal on a local level, the University of St. Thomas – Houston launched the Rising Stars Internship Program, giving diverse students with limited financial resources access to outstanding education and strong leadership skills for in-demand careers.

“At the heart of UST is the imperative to serve and especially to serve those who lack access to educational excellence,” UST President Richard Ludwick said. “Given this aim, we launched the Rising Stars Internship Program to propel scholarship-dependent students into the professional environment as future contenders for top positions.”

Unique Collaboration with Local Companies

UST built a unique collaboration with Houston corporate partners, from startups to non-profits to large companies, including Corva AI, Ellucian, EIV Capital LLC, Herzstein Foundation, Hilcorp Energy Company, Houston Food Bank, HP Inc., Impact Fluid Solutions LP, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. and United Way of Greater Houston to name a few.

“Rising Stars students gain valuable experience by working onsite at their corporate sponsors’ offices throughout the academic school year,” Director of Corporate Relations Mallory Wendel ‘11 said. “Not only that, they build personal connections that will influence them beyond college.”

To read the full article, here’s the link.

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