Corporate Work Study

About Corporate Work Study

Corporate Work Study (a separately incorporated entity) operates like an employment agency within Cristo Rey and employs every student five full days a month in an entry-level, professional job all four years of high school. Students earn a majority of their education cost while gaining real-world work experience that strengthens their cognitive and non-cognitive skill development, catalyzes confidence and aspiration, and prepares them for success in college and careers.

More than two decades ago, John P. Foley, S.J. and his team created the Corporate Work Study program out of financial necessity to ensure Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago opened as both an academically rigorous and financially sustainable school. The innovative and unconventional model has since developed in a network of 39 Cristo Rey schools that collectively partner with 3,400 Corporate Partners.

Our Founding Corporate Partners

Cristo Rey Orange County's leadership is actively recruiting forward-looking corporate partners to join as Founders in this extraordinary, essential endeavor. 39 companies have already signaled their commitment to the Cristo Rey movement. 

BGA Insurance



Capital Group

Children's Hospital of Orange County

City of Hope

Clark Construction

County of Orange

Diocese of Orange

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Fidelity Bancorp Funding

First American Financial

Fuscoe Engineering


Higher Ground

Insight Investments

King's Seafood Company

Irvine Ranch Water District

Latham and Watkins

Naked Development

Northgate Markets

Orange County Sheriff's Department

Orange County Transportation Authority





RT Specialty

Sisters of St. Joseph

Slater Builders

Snyder Langston

Sperry Commercial Real Estate

St. Joseph's Hospital


Stovall's Hotels of Anaheim


The Busch Group

University of California, Irvine

Woodside Credit

Why Partner?

How it Works

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Interested in becoming a corporate partner?  Email Susan McKeever, Vice President, Corporate Work Study, at for more information or call (714) 439-9626.