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Corporate Relations

St. Thomas is committed to building holistic relationships that drive value for our corporate partners and the community.


The Twin Cities has a world class community of corporations and foundations, and they have been vital collaborators over the years, helping St. Thomas develop its highly regarded academic programs and facilities.

These supporters range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, and from family foundations to regional and national foundations.

Each corporation or foundation has a different mission and focus. To that end, St. Thomas has defined several ways to align around shared objectives. 

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Building New Pathways

Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas is a two-year program that offers new pathways to higher education for students who otherwise would have limited access because of cost or lack of necessary support.

The college offers rigorous academics with wrap-around support and truly affordable tuition (as low as $1,000 for students with high financial need). In addition, each student will work one day per week in a professional setting. That's where YOU come in!

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Professional Internship Program

The Professional Internship Program gives students the opportunity to develop professional skills and real-world experience. We need dozens of more corporate partners to place all of DFC's amazing students.

Do you work at or know of a great company that would be interested in giving back in this way? Becoming an internship partner is a great way to access and develop a pool of diverse and highly motivated future workers, and to showcase your corporate values.

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Partner with Dougherty Family College

Interested? Contact Kris Donnelly, Professional Internship Program director, at or (612) 206-6565. 

You can also ask Kris about other opportunities to volunteer and support DFC students with mock interviews.

Corporations Benefit from St. Thomas

With one of the strongest alumni networks in the region, St. Thomas alumni bring their inclination to advance the common good into many corporations:
  • Mission Put into Action: Doing the right thing is always good for business.
  • Engrained in Minnesota Business: The largest private higher educational institution in Minnesota and located in the heart of the Twin Cities, St. Thomas is able to contribute to industry talent needs.
  • Flexible and Nimble: More agile than larger universities, St. Thomas can meet industry needs in real time.
  • Real Life-Ready Leaders: Well-rounded, project-ready students—who benefit from a unique combination of liberal arts foundation plus practical application—hit the ground running.

Corporations Enrich the St. Thomas Experience

Many corporations and foundations focus their charitable giving on providing scholarship aid, which is the university’s greatest need. They also contribute to the St. Thomas community in other ways:

  • Creating new and innovative academic and community-based programs
  • Partnering to support faculty and student research initiatives
  • Supplying state-of-the-art equipment
  • Establishing endowments
  • Helping the university with its capital needs and new facility construction
  • Matching gifts of employee contributions
A DFC student had a great experience as an intern at Mayo Clinic.

Corporate Internships

Here is an example of a recent partnership between the Mayo Clinic and a student from the Dougherty Family College.