Manchester University partners with Ascend Indiana to support students in career, internship search process

Oct 4, 2023, 08:40 AM by Chloe Leckrone
Manchester University is partnering with Ascend Indiana to connect more students to promising career opportunities in Indiana.

Manchester University is partnering with Ascend Indiana to connect more students to promising career opportunities in Indiana.

Ascend Indiana is an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) committed to making Indiana a place of economic opportunity for all.

Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, Manchester students will be able to connect with Indiana jobs and internships that match their skill sets and interests while receiving increased one-on-one career guidance and job search support. In addition, this partnership provides Indiana’s leading employers with a unique platform for hiring Manchester students. 

Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 4,000 Hoosiers with jobs and training opportunities in all sectors across the state. More than 700 employers are currently using the Network. 

“Our office mission is to help students learn strategies to explore, evaluate, and implement career goals that reflect life values,” said Tish Kalita, Manchester’s director of career and professional development. “Ascend helps make that happen by providing pathways to internship and job opportunities at Indiana's leading organizations. Students are introduced to amazing opportunities within Indiana and employers gain access to Manchester students who are eager and ready to make immediate contributions to their organizations.” 

In addition to the career coaching, professional development events and resources that Manchester provides on campus, the Ascend Network is a robust addition that gives students access to job postings and career mentors that align with their career goals at no cost. 

“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 such as Manchester 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 employers connect with the talent they need.” 

The Ascend Network is a resource offered through Manchester’s Career and Professional Development office at no cost to students. Through the Network, students will receive personalized job and internship recommendations that lead to meaningful careers in Indiana. During the job search, application and interview process, Career and Professional Development will continue to provide individualized support and educational resources in partnership with Ascend. Students can find more information here:

About Manchester University 

Manchester University, in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers vibrant and transformative student experiences. Learn more at
Our mission and values 

Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition. 

About Ascend Indiana 

Ascend Indiana connects job seekers to good and promising career opportunities through an innovative job matching platform, the Ascend Network; catalyzes partnerships and provides consulting services to meet high-demand workforce needs through Ascend Services; and conducts research through Ascend Insights to enable systems-level change that positively impacts individuals throughout the state. To learn more, visit


Tish Kalita, Director of Career and Professional Development at Manchester University, lnkalita@manchester.edu260-982-5025

Raquel Bahamonde, Ascend Indiana/CICP,, 317-319-6875