Built exclusively for Carthage students, The Aspire Program™ connects interests to hidden career paths as you grow into a versatile professional who’s equipped to handle anything. All students participate, and we spread the tasks across four years so it won’t stress you out. Think of it as a guided pathway to a great job and, even better, a rewarding life.

Shape Your Future


of Carthage alumni report they’ve secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation

Entering The Aspire Program, students start shaping a customized career plan in their first days on campus. Here are a few of the highlights:

Make Connections

Based on your interests, we’ll match you with a career specialist who knows the industry inside and out. Plus, it’s easy to network with Carthage graduates working in similar fields. You can even attend a professional conference without leaving campus.

Learn by Doing

Valuable hands-on experience can give you an early edge in the competitive job market.

  • Internships: Our prime location between Milwaukee and Chicago puts internships with all kinds of companies and organizations within reach. If you find a great opportunity that just doesn’t pay enough, Carthage has funding available.
  • Study Abroad: Whether they learn overseas for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks through our popular J-Term study tours, students consistently return transformed.
  • Research Here, original research is part of every student’s journey. Faculty in the sciences lead experiments with big-time partners like NASA, but all majors require a scholarly project to graduate.


Sydney Arbeiter '22

“At a time when I was very unsure about where I wanted my career to go after graduation or how to pursue a career path, the Aspire Program helped me find where my passions lie, gave me a better understanding of possible career paths, and helped me connect with alumni in my field of interest. I now have actionable steps to take as I launch my career.”

— Sydney Arbeiter ’22