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Indiana State University partners with Ascend Indiana to connect students with career and internship opportunities in Indiana

March 21, 2023

Indiana State University and Ascend Indiana have partnered to connect students more intentionally to career opportunities in Indiana. Through the Ascend Network, an online job matching platform, Sycamore students will be able to connect with Indiana jobs and internships that match their skill sets and interests and will receive one-on-one career guidance and job search support through Ascend Network staff.

Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 3,000 Hoosiers with jobs and training opportunities in all sectors across the state. More than 600 employers are currently using the Network.

"Indiana State University is deeply committed to preparing graduates to meet the State of Indiana's workforce needs," said Dr. Nancy Brattain Rogers, Vice President of University Engagement. "Re-igniting our relationship with Ascend will provide additional opportunities for ISU students to connect with outstanding Indiana employers."

The Network adds a robust resource to the university'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 in the Hoosier state. The Ascend network is another tool ISU students can use in combination with Handshake, the system that connects students to opportunities across the country.

"It is critical for Indiana to retain more college students with relevant skills and abilities to meet employer demand for talent," said Jason Kloth, President and CEO of Ascend Indiana. "Partnering with educational institutions like Indiana State University is essential to equipping students with the necessary tools to get their career started here through an internship or early-in-career job, as well as to helping Indiana employers connect to the talent they need."

The Ascend Network is a resource offered through the Indiana State Career Center 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, Career Services, will continue to provide individualized support and educational resources, in partnership with Ascend. Students can find out more information here: Students are also invited to stop by the Career Center to learn more about Ascend and the other services provided to students and alumni.