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The Aspire Program

Gaining Experience

Internships are just one way to gain experience. At Carthage, you’ll do so much more!

Gaining experience starts from your first days on campus, when you are exploring student organizations to join, discovering community service opportunities, participating in vocational exploration, and getting an on-campus job. Throughout your time at Carthage, you will also take engaging classes and find many ways to build your skills as a professional, as a leader, and as a creator.

Through The Aspire Program, students will participate in internship opportunities.

Student Employment

Over half of students work on campus or in our community work-study program at Carthage.

  • Gain convenient access to a wide range of jobs from tutoring in the community to promoting athletics events or working in the library through Handshake
  • Find the perfect experiences for you to develop the skills you’ll need to thrive in life after Carthage.
  • Learn how to apply for on-campus jobs! Find the necessary documents you’ll need for federal work-study and student employment.

The Aspire Program allows students to gain job skills and experience through internships.


Carthage is based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, which gives students access to a cross-section of industries and organization types year-round. 

Through The Aspire Program, students will hone their research skills.

Research and Fellowships

Whether as a student or as an option immediately following graduation, research and fellowships provide access to prestigious skill-building opportunities.

  • All Carthage students gain research experience — not just a small subset.
  • Research engages students in the skills to create new knowledge, a critical capability in a changing world. Opportunities exist on and off campus, starting as early as a student’s first year.
  • Learn what fellowships are, their transformative power, and how to apply by reading stories of students and graduates who’ve completed them.
  • Carthage has been recognized as one of the top Fulbright-producing institutions in the United States — the only institution in Wisconsin to make the list.

Students will have the opportunity to study abroad through The Aspire Program.

Off-Campus Study/Study Abroad

Even with as much as Carthage has to offer, there’s more to explore in the world, and we’re here to help.

  • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad.
  • Study from a new perspective. Learn a language through immersion, study biodiversity in a tropical climate, understand global business in a financial capital, or consult with the Director of Education Abroad to find your personal journey.
  • Learn more about off-campus study options around the world with both domestic U.S. and global options.

Students study near the Lincoln statue on campus.

Self-Directed Learning

At Carthage, alongside the many guided learning opportunities you’ll access, you can also build your own. Over the course of your life, you’ll need to develop many new skills — some that you can teach yourself with our favorite resources.

  • Carthage subscribes to LinkedIn Learning, a well-respected resource with online instruction covering a range of topics from programming and design to business basics. Consult with Library and Information Services to learn more.
  • Carthage also subscribes to, which provides in-depth rankings and reviews of various companies, professions, and industries. Users also have access to job/internship boards as well as guides for writing a resume and preparing for an interview.
  • Big Interview is an amazing resource for practicing interviews while recorded to review either by yourself or with others later. They have multiple lists of different difficulty of questions, too!
  • Access software for free or reduced rates as a student.
  • Carthage’s location provides easy access to local and regional chapters of national professional associations, allowing students to gain access to resources and events to advance learning.

Students will learn to take charge of their futures through The Aspire Program.

Student Leadership

Whether it’s leading a professionally-focused group or a social organization, the skills needed for mobilizing others will help students to succeed after graduation.

  • With more than 130 student organizations on campus, students can get to know peers and serve in leadership roles. Learn more about Carthage’s student organizations on The Harbor.
  • Some academic and administrative committees on campus welcome students to represent student perspectives.
  • Local organizations seek students for service and leadership.