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Audrey Becker ’09 has never tested her time on the 40-yard dash, but her event-planning skills are off the charts.

Audrey works as the event and program manager for the National Invitational Camp, the organization in charge of the National Football League Scouting Combine. The combine is a week-long event that brings in 335 athletes from around the country, all hoping to catch the attention of a coach, general manager or scout for the NFL.

Audrey spends much of the year planning the logistics of the event and stays busy the week of the combine arranging athlete schedules, working with the event staff and troubleshooting. But how she got her job can be traced back to her time at the University of Indianapolis.

Audrey was a sports management major with a business minor, and, beginning her freshman year, she spent much of her free time on campus working in the Athletic Development office. She also had two internships: one with USA Diving where she helped to plan and run the 2008 Olympic trials, and the other with the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), at which she helped to organize their first racing tradeshow in 2009.

“Kinesiology professor Dr. Jennifer VanSickle was instrumental in helping me to figure out where to land in the sports management world,” Audrey said. “Sports management is like an umbrella — you pick a prong to focus on, such as event planning or business operations.”

“I encouraged Audrey to network and introduced her to a variety of professionals,” said Dr. VanSickle. “We instill in our students the importance of networking, and she took those words to heart, introducing herself to members of our Kinesiology Advisory Board and finding the internship with USA Diving on her own.”

Audrey’s other internship with IMIS led directly into a full-time job right out of college, but it was networking again that helped her to earn her current position with the combine.

“My current situation is a true testament to networking and that when you have the right skills, the people you know and meet can connect you to job opportunities.”

The Professional Edge Center is a resource for students to help them find an internship, polish a résumé, or connect with alumni in their chosen fields.