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Get the Most out of your Real Estate Internship

Your real estate internship this summer is not about what you are going to learn, it’s about who you are going to meet.

“If there’s one thing I wish I had done when I was younger, [it] would be spending a lot more time networking and finding mentors in the industry,” said Jodie McLean, chief executive officer of EDENS, one of the nation’s leading owners, operators and developers of retail.

“Say yes to every opportunity, especially, I would say that to the women out there. Women tend to sit back a little bit and wait to be tapped on the shoulder. Don’t wait; jump in when you’re 65% ready,” continued McLean.

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As we go through this lackluster period in the economy, it’s even more important that you stand out during your summer internship and maximize the opportunity.

In this eight-week period, you’ll soon realize that what matters most is the people with whom you will connect.

Here are the two biggest tips for you to succeed in your summer internship.

Maximize Networking during your Real Estate Internship

Many of the internships you are about to start will be programmed, meaning you’ll have a mentor, lunch n’ learns, site visits, projects, and final presentations, all scheduled in advance. If that’s the case, you are one of the lucky ones! The company just made it a lot easier for you to connect with the current employees at the company where you are interning.

If you’re starting an unprogrammed internship, you need to put in more effort to connect with current employees in order to maximize your opportunity.

Therefore, frequently connect with your hiring manager to demonstrate your interest in the organization and industry. Connect with other employees at the company by introducing yourself and asking them to meet and potentially shadow them.

Either way, it’s critical to be proactive and ask to go on site visits, meet clients, be on live phone calls, and underwrite deals for them.

This will help you build deeper relationships with the company’s people and culture and help you stand out as a hungry and curious intern.

Stay Organized with the People you Meet at your Real Estate Internship

It’s equally essential to stay organized with the people you meet during your internship and build relationships with them.

The individuals you meet can provide valuable opportunities, mentorship, and guidance in your career while you are still a student.

Furthermore, they will be people who hire you someday as you transition out of college into the workforce.

Our team has created a spreadsheet to help you keep track of the individuals you meet and remind you to follow up with them after your internship ends. You can download it here.


In conclusion, making meaningful connections during your internship is just as important as the skills you will learn.

Use this opportunity to network, build relationships, and position yourself for success.

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About the Author: Tucker is the Head of Training and Career Services at A.CRE where he works with universities, companies, and candidates to provide training and job placement. Prior to A.CRE, Tucker spent two years at the 9th largest executive recruitment firm, where he focused on recruiting top talent in Commercial Real Estate. Tucker holds a BBA in Real Estate Finance from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, Tucker was President of the Real Estate Club and was instrumental in providing guidance and connecting students with careers in CRE. Tucker currently resides in Dallas, TX. Please email Tucker if you would like to talk.