Professional Edge Fellowship Program

Professional Edge Fellowship Program



The competition for jobs is fierce. What you do now to begin preparing for a successful career does matter.

Don’t wait. Local employers need you and are willing to hire you now!

The University of Indianapolis, in partnership with Strada Education Network, is excited to announce a program designed to match students with jobs. Real jobs. Real, paying jobs. Jobs that matter while you are a full-time student. Jobs that will put you way ahead of your competition when you enter the workforce full time.

UIndy’s Professional Edge Fellowship Program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Be matched with a local employer
  • Work part-time in a position related to your field of study
  • Earn more than $10 per hour for up to 20 hours per week throughout your college career

This is not an internship! This is real world, long-term work experience which will help you learn technical skills and develop ‘soft skills,’ too.

What are soft skills? Employers are dead serious about hiring well-rounded professionals who not only have technical skills, but soft skills, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Time management
  • Decision making
  • Leadership

How can I participate?

The Professional Edge Fellowship program is open to incoming freshmen* through seniors including transfer students, who have a strong academic track record.

Application process

For more information about the program, application process, and important dates, please call the Professional Edge Center at 317-788-3923.

*Incoming freshmen must pay their deposit before applying to the program.


How will you match me to an employer?

If you are selected as a Professional Edge Fellow, the UIndy team from the Professional Edge Center will work closely with experts from Strada Education Network to assess your interest and skills and match you to jobs offered by participating employers. Before you are placed in a position, you will interview with potential employers.

How many hours will Fellows be required to work?

Up to 20 hours a week.

How much will I earn?

That depends on the job. Your pay will be based on the type of position you take, your skills and experience, and the pay scale of your employer. We anticipate that students will be able to earn $12 – $25 per hour.

Am I eligible for employee benefits?

Typically, employers do not provide benefits to part-time workers.

Is transportation provided to and from my job?

No. Students are required to provide their own transportation, but may be able to utilize the Blue Indy electric car share on campus and public transportation.

What if I work downtown and have to pay for parking?

You may be able to negotiate paid parking directly with your employer.

I’m an incoming freshman. Am I eligible to participate my freshman year?

Yes, this program is open to freshmen through senior year students. Freshman must have a strong high school academic record in order to qualify. Your UIndy deposit must be paid before you are eligible to apply.

I’m an athlete. Do I have time to be a Fellow and play a team sport?

You should take into consideration balancing priorities and discuss with your coach before applying.

Will an increase in my income from my Pro Edge Fellows job affect the amount of financial aid I receive?

Possibly. Student earnings are reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are used in the calculation of your financial need. Financial need is then used to determine the amount of need-based scholarships, grants and loans that a student may be awarded.

If you receive need-based aid, it might be negatively impacted by an increase in student income. The income used on the FAFSA is two years old – i.e., 2015 income reported on the 2017-18 FAFSA. So, the effect of increased student income will not occur immediately. Check with the Financial Aid Office to learn how much of the aid you receive is based on financial need and how an increase in income will affect your financial aid eligibility.

Would my merit scholarships and talent awards be affected by my increased income?

No. Scholarships and awards that were not based on financial need when awarded would not be affected by student earnings. Examples: Presidential, Deans, Lugar, Horizon, Athletic, Music, Art, Theatre, Alumni, Community Service, Outside Scholarships, etc.

What can I do to minimize the impact of increased income on my financial situation?

Saving a significant portion of your income to cover future tuition, room, board, and other educational expenses is the best plan. Saving not only insures you can pay your UIndy charges if financial aid is reduced, but it may mean you can reduce the amount of your student loans. Reducing your debt is a good financial decision that will save many dollars when you begin repaying your student loans.

Is there a cost to participate?

No, other than the transportation cost to get to and from your job and professional clothing needed for your particular job, Fellows will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses to participate.

Will I earn credits for working?

No. You will not be earning additional college credit for your work experience.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Am I eligible for the program?

There are restrictions related to employment for students attending school in the U.S. on an F-1 or M-1 Student Visa. Please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for more information.

Will I receive support from UIndy to help me improve as an employee?

Yes, UIndy will offer an orientation before to help students understand what to expect when working in a professional environment. Also, UIndy will support students once on the job by coaching them in areas like office etiquette, and taking feedback from employers to help improve performance.