One day last July, while he was working out at the Kardatzke Wellness Center, Josh Conley got the chance to meet Jeff Brown, the director of football operations for the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts were on campus for their annual training camp, which takes place on the Anderson University campus.
“It was a random meeting, but I ended up sending Jeff my résumé the next week. I got a call from him in March, and he asked me if I would like to be a part of the Indianapolis Colts,” said Conley.
Having recently graduated, loving sports, and trying for several years to gain networking connections with the Colts, Conley got the opportunity to intern with the Colts this summer. Conley graduated from Anderson University in 2011 with an accounting degree and went on to get his master’s in 2012 through the AU Residential MBA program.
“I have been working on getting ‘in’ with the Colts for several years now,” said Conley. “I am a huge fan of the Colts, and I always considered working in sports to be a dream.”
Conley’s time during the internship was spent at the Colts’ Indianapolis complex before training camp and then at AU during the two-week camp. His responsibilities differed each day according to what the players and coaches needed.
“Essentially, my main job was to make life easier on the players and coaches,” said Conley. “While I was at the complex, I did a lot of planning for our move to camp, and I would help out in practice any way I could. Once we got to training camp, my biggest job was to make sure the players got everywhere on time. I would drive them to their practices, meals, meetings, and wherever they wanted to go off-campus. I also helped out in several practices and got the players’ and coaches’ rooms ready.”
Although the times on the field and in the office were rewarding, Conley’s favorite activity was one off the field. “I got to go on a few outings with the Colts’ rookie players: Andrew Luck, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, and Vick Ballard,” said Conley. “We went to dinner and some Indianapolis Pacers games, and I was able to get to know them for who they are personally, not just the famous athletes everyone knows them as.”
[Photo: Josh Conley, pictured in blue shorts, walks with Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck. Photo taken at Lucas Oil Stadium during a public practice session.]
Today, Conley is currently a decision support analyst for Wishard Memorial Hospital, in charge of running several benchmarking systems for the hospital. His true goal, though, lies within the world of sports.
“I still have a goal to get into the sports industry full time,” said Conley. “Through my internship, I now have my foot in the door, so it is just a matter of waiting. My hope is that one day a full-time spot opens up with them that I would be able to fill.”
As Conley continues to work toward his goal, he is grateful for his time with the Colts and the opportunities that door opened. “I never thought I would have the chance to get ‘in’ with the Colts, but I never gave up. AU taught me the importance of networking, because if I did not actively pursue talking with Jeff Brown, I would never have been asked to be an intern,” said Conley. “I took every opportunity in front of me to make it happen. You never know what hard work and a simple ‘hello’ could lead to.”
— Kayla Meid is a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts and theatre arts. Meid is an associate of Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.