UIndy’s Professional Edge Center provides internship, mentorship, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for students and new graduates. The Center helps students of all majors increase their exposure to and interaction with business professionals, beginning freshman year.
In 2015, the Professional Edge Center will begin offering a diploma endorsement for students who participate in a set level of center-sponsored activities.
Get a professional edge
Throughout your UIndy career you can tap into:
- 60+ career workshops each year
- Interactions with business professionals
- Career “sector experts” who are developing contacts and opportunities in eight broad industry areas
- Community service
- Internship and job shadowing
- Alumni mentoring
- Special Presidential conversations with senior leaders in industry
- Career fairs, etiquette dinners, networking conversations, résumé review, practice interviews, and a host of other career-development and confidence-building activities
Our connections become your connections
The center draws on relationships with many sources to help connect you with professionals in your field, including:
- Faculty who have contacts in industry
- Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
- Business and professional organizations
- An alumni base of 30,000 Greyhounds
Work with dedicated career sector experts
The Professional Edge Center team is organized into sector experts, giving you the opportunity to work with a career advisor who is knowledgeable in the industries and career path you are pursuing. Our advisors come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and are eager to give you a professional edge in your field.
Meet the Team
- BS, Recreation & Sports Management, Indiana State University
- MBA, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
Corey’s extensive business background includes positions as director of supplier diversity and director of IND AeroVision with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, constituent relations director for the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana and program manager for the Marion County Health Department. Recognized among the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 for 2013, Wilson is a recipient of the state’s Sagamore of the Wabash award and a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. He serves as chair of the Eskenazi Health Center Board of Directors and is a board member with IndyHub and 100 Black Men of Indianapolis.
Director of Career & Community Engagement
- BS, Accounting, University of Evansville
- Master’s in Management, University of Denver
After testing the waters of an accounting career, Betsy decided that a career in higher education was better suited for her, as she enjoys working with young people with a goal to change the world. Betsy has extensive experience in higher education and career development. Her background includes posts at Kenyon College, Augustana College and most recently Wabash College, where she has served as Director of Business Immersion and Leadership Programs.
Assistant Director of Arts, Nonprofit Management and Communications
- BFA, Studio Art, University of Kansas
Whit’s strong community building background and fine arts education from the University of Kansas has helped him build a career in the arts and nonprofit sector. As the External Engagement Liaison at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Whit developed audience engagement programs, built strategic partnerships, and coordinated large scale fundraising and corporate events, including Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday party and a monthly after-hours music and art collaborative experience called Mixed Media. Whit has also developed programs for Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research where he engaged community and civic leaders in an open discussion about the urban environment and sustainable cities. Whit believes that a liberal arts education prepares one for a very diverse and fulfilling career.
Assistant Director for Financial Services, Manufacturing & Logistics and Entrepreneurship
- BS, Business Administration, Finance/Economics
Kirk has spent his entire 29 year career in Financial Services working throughout North America and Europe. Kirk’s banking experience with HSBC included executive roles in mortgage banking, insurance sales and operations, and commercial banking where he ran the receivables finance operation of trade. Kirk understands the challenges and rewards of owning a business as both parents were entrepreneurs. He loves inspiring students and helping them realize their career goals.
Stephanie Kendall-Deitz, SPHR
Assistant Director for Education, Science and Healthcare
- BS, Business Management, Indiana University
- MBA, Human Resource Management, Indiana University
Stephanie loves helping people through the job search process. She has 23 years of business experience, including almost 20 years at Eli Lilly and Company where she provided HR support for scientists, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists as well as business professionals. She supports the community having had previous volunteer leadership opportunities with United Way and the YMCA as well as supporting local schools and non-profit agencies. Her favorite part of this job is conducting mock interviews and helping students prepare and build confidence for important interviews.
Jennifer Smith, LCSW
Assistant Director for Nonprofit Management, Public Service, and Social Services
- BS, Psychology, Purdue University
- Master of Social Work, IUPUI
Jennifer’s background includes time as a family case manager with the Department of Child Services, which allowed her to work extensively with families and children and develop a deep passion for empowering others. Her experience in the social sciences helps her equip and support UIndy students with the tools necessary to succeed in the service industry.