Explore Internships, Shadowing, and more

The Explore Program connects students with cultural, college, and career interests outside of the classroom. Whether through internships with Marist alumni, programs at local universities, volunteer experiences, or job experiences, Marist Explore students gain authentic, hands-on experiences.

Check out past placements and participants below in addition to other local programs that might be of interest to Marist students!

Many of these programs have applications that open in January or February each year. While some are paid positions, other are volunteer positions or cost money to attend. See what might be a fit for you!


Summer at Columbia High School Immersion - Illustration 

  • Jada Milazzo '20


Citadel Internship with Gerald Beeson '90

  • Martha Kowalski '18, Jack Luzzo '19, and Zachary Stack '20

University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Gateway Program

  • Elizabeth Lopez '19

Indiana University Young Women's Institute 

  • Victoria Georgelos '20 

Southwest Airlines Internship - In-flight Operations

  • Mary Cortesi '20

Chicago Summer Business Institute 

Indiana University Meet Kelley School of Business

Illinois State Redbird Risk Management 


Interning & Shadowing at Floss and Co.

  • Katie Giltmier '20, Elizabeth Lopez '19, Katie Mather '19, Gracie Oswald '19, Caitlin Ryan '19, and Miranda Fehsel '20


Fire Suppression Engineering at Shambaugh & Son with Kyle Gansel '00

  • Eddie Stifter '19

Purdue STEP (Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects)

  • Grace Hollowell '20

Summer Academy for Math & Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University

  • Kaylah Goodloe '20

TARGET Science & Engineering Program at Fermilab

MIT Summer Engineering Program: MITES


Also see Mr. Gonzcy for more information!

University of Iowa Summer Journalism Institute

  • Emma Brown '19 & Jenna Fessler '19

Indiana University High School Journalism Institute 

  • Jenna Fessler '19, Carolyn Yusa '19, Grace Molenhouse '21, and Isabella Schreck '21


Internship with Cancer Triage with Kirk Hartley, parent of two Marist alumni

  • Kat Balchunas '20

Illinois Tech Pre-law Institute

  • Kat Balchunas '20

UCLA Mock Trial Summer Institute 

  • Miles Griffin '19

Worth Township Peer Jury

  • Erin Murphy '19

Leadership / Scholars Programs

Miami of Ohio Summer Scholars Program

  • Melanie Scurek '20

National Youth Leadership Forums

  • Katie Reilly '19 - NYLF Law & CSI Summer 2018
  • Tyler Murray '20 - NYLF Medicine at UCLA Summer 2019

George Washington University Caminos al Futuro Program

University of Notre Dame Leadership Seminar

Military / Law Enforcement

Air Force Academy Summer Seminar

Naval Academy Summer Seminar

  • Andres Castillo '19

Secret Service Volunteer Service Program

Medicine & Medical Research

DNA Residency at the Field Museum 

College Bound Research Program at Argonne

ResearcHStart Program

  • Becca Valek '17 & Jacob Mozdzen '18

Chicago EYES (Educators and Youth Enjoy Science) on Cancer at University of Chicago

Biology Research at Lewis University with Dr. Jerry Kavouras '90

  • Valeria Pavalonis '18, Jacob Mozdzen '18, Sean Giltmier '19, Shayna Garla '20, and William Tegge '20

Pharmacy Internship with MMP through alum David Doubek '87

  • Jalon Jones '19 & Ashley Drag '20

Pharmacy Program at Wisconsin Madison

  • Jalon Jones '19

Midwestern Pharmacy Program

  • Ashley Drag '20

Texas Tech Clark Scholars Program

Indiana University Optometry: I can see clearly now... Program

  • Mikayla Carey '20

Indiana University Summer Enrichment Biology Program

Augustana College: The Amazing Brain

Rush Camp Neuro

Rush Camp Cardio

Certified Nursing Assistant Programs:

Chicago Pulse (16 & older)

  • Lina Murphy '19, Rosemary Enright '19, Anna Nawara '19, Maria DiCristina '19, and Cara Lundy '19

Moraine Valley (17 & older)

Hospital Volunteering: Many of our students volunteer at local hospitals. A few recent students are listed below.

  • Christ Hospital - Jalon Jones '19 & Jenna Solcani '19
  • Palos - George Madaras '19, Kat Balchunas '20,  Brianna DiCristina '20, Mary Cortesi '20, and Isabella Schreck '21
  • Lurie Children's - Vivian Martinez '20


Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

  • Rita Jennings '20

Google Computer Science Summer Institute

The Game, Cinema, & Animation Summer Academy 

  • James Kavanaugh '19

iDTech at Loyola University 

Illinois Tech Computational Science Program

Veterinary Medicine / Animal Science

Something Fishy, Inc. Internship with alum Romney Cirillo '04 designing curriculum to accompany their Mobile Aquatic Therapy units

  • Bri Brown '20

Anti-Cruelty Mentoring Program

  • Andrea Martinez '19

Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy 

  • Emma Bunda '19

4H Illini Summer Academy - Veterinary Medicine

  • Thomas Giltmier '21

Lincoln Park Zoo Opportunities

PAWS Volunteering

Purdue University AgDiscovery

  • Bri Brown '20

Shedd Aquarium Ambassadors

  • Nolan Borkovec '19

World Languages

Lewis University - StarTalk Program

  • Sofia Lopez '19 (Chinese), Jennifer Vazquez '20 (Russian), & Nicholas Blanchard '20 (Russian)

Indiana University - Business is Global Program (Arabic, Mandarin, & Turkish)

Eastern Illinois - University Spanish Immersion 


By no means is this an exhaustive list! Did you do a program or internship that you would recommend? Are you looking for something not on this list? Please come by the Explore Office.

For more information on Marist High School’s Explore Program follow @MHSExplore on Twitter. 

Mrs. Kathleen McArdle
Explore Coordinator