Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. – Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) 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, SMWC 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 SMWC students.

Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 5,000 Hoosiers with jobs, internships and training opportunities in all sectors across the state. More than 750 employers are currently using the Network and more than 50% of the candidates on the Network are from underrepresented backgrounds.

Martha Reed, interim director of the Career Center at SMWC said “We are excited about this partnership with Ascend Indiana and the possibilities that it presents to SMWC and particularly to our students. With such an extensive network available, it elevates the College’s ability to provide connections to students and graduates for internships and job opportunities.”

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 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.”

The Ascend Network is a resource offered through the SMWC Career Center and 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 Career Center will continue to provide individualized support and educational resources in partnership with Ascend. Students can find out more information here:

About Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is Indiana’s oldest Catholic college, established in 1840. SMWC is listed among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and Best Value. SMWC was the second in the nation to add distance education programming in 1973. To learn more, visit

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