Rising Stars
The power of education at work.
Program Overview

Intro - Rising StarsAt the heart of UST is the imperative to serve, especially those with limited access to educational excellence. With this in mind, UST launched the Rising Stars internship program that offers qualified students the opportunity to continue their educational journey at UST while gaining valuable work experience at local companies.

The Rising Stars program pairs students with corporate sponsors in order to earn funds toward tuition. This model helps students build personal connections that will influence them beyond college.

How It Works

An annual investment helps fill the financial gap for our Rising Stars students and opens the door for them to attend UST. It’s a win-win program – corporate sponsors gain a productive employee and the Rising Stars become valuable assets trained for Houston’s workforce.

  • Corporate sponsors contact with the UST Rising Stars subsidiary for part-time, entry-level office jobs.
  • Each semester, corporate sponsors pay to the UST Rising Stars subsidiary.
  • Rising Stars students are employees of the Rising Stars subsidiary, not of the corporate sponsor.
  • UST handles processing payments to the Rising Stars students.
Lily Martinez, Rising Stars Student

Without KPMG's support of the Rising Stars program, I would not be able to attend the University of St. Thomas.

Lily Martinez Rising Stars Student

A Proven Model

A Proven ModelThe Rising Stars program is mutually beneficial for both students and corporate sponsors.

Each student earns a substantial portion of UST's tuition costs while simultaneously gaining relevant work experience.

In return, corporate sponsors receive reliable entry-level workers who are poised for future employment.

Benefits To Sponsors

  • Motivated talent
  • Diverse pipeline of skilled workers
  • Payroll cost savings
  • Community impact

Benefits To Students

  • Affordable college education
  • Hands-on experience
  • Professional growth
  • New opportunities
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In the News

St. Thomas to pilot prep school internship program

St. Thomas to pilot prep school internship program - Webpage News Article

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For more information, please contact:

Daniel Garcia ’01, MBA ’09 Program Manager, Rising Stars

Daniel Garcia ’01, MBA ’09
Director, Rising Stars