Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University has formed a partnership with Ascend Indiana to connect more students to good and promising career opportunities in Indiana. Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, AU students will be able to connect with Indiana jobs and internships that match their skill sets and interests and will receive increased one-on-one career guidance and job search support. In addition, this partnership provides Indiana’s leading employers with a unique platform for hiring AU students.

Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 4,700 Hoosiers with jobs, internships, and training opportunities in all sectors across the state. More than 740 employers are currently using the network and more than 50 percent of the candidates on the network are from underrepresented backgrounds.

“AU is excited to partner with Ascend Indiana to better support our students as they seek internships and early-in-career employment,” said Mindy Grubbs, director of the Center for Career and Calling. “Ascend’s platform will provide custom match capabilities for our students with their particular talent.”

The network adds a robust resource to the school’s efforts to help students find jobs and internships that align with their career goals and provides a lens into the variety of companies and opportunities here in the Hoosier state.

“Connecting college students to available internships and jobs here in Indiana is essential to helping employers find the talent they need,” said Brad Rhorer, president and CEO, Ascend Indiana. “Making sure that students are equipped with the necessary tools and one-on-one support to jump start their internship and job searches is the foundation of the partnership between Ascend and Anderson University.

The Ascend Network is a resource offered through AU’s Center for Career and Calling at no cost to students. Through the network, students receive personalized job and internship recommendations that lead to meaningful careers in Indiana. During the job search, application and interview process, the Center for Career and Calling will continue to provide individualized support and educational resources, in partnership with Ascend. Students can find out more information about Ascend online.

About Ascend Indiana

An initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), Ascend Indiana is committed to making Indiana a place of economic opportunity for all. Ascend connects job seekers to good and promising career opportunities through an innovative job matching platform, the Ascend Network; catalyzes partnerships and provides consulting services to meet high-demand workforce needs through Ascend Services; and conducts research through Ascend Insights to enable systems-level change that positively impacts individuals throughout the state. To learn more, visit

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.