DEI Internship Program - NAIOPWA

2023 Intern Program

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To attract and inspire students of diverse ethnicities, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations to seek careers in CRE and to help them build connections that will facilitate their path in finding desirable positions after graduating from college.

Program Overview

The NAIOPWA Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion College Internship Program is a resource for current college students, NAIOPWA student members, and students who have been placed in a summer internship with NAIOPWA-member CRE companies. This program is a platform for interns of diverse ethnicities, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations to interact more closely with NAIOP, connect with peers, and experience the breadth of the CRE industry. By providing an additional support resource for NAIOPWA member companies, we aim to enhance the interns’ summer experiences and bring them together with other college students from diverse backgrounds. The more we can enhance the intern experience, the more likely students are to seek full-time employment in the industry.

During the program, participating students will meet with DEI Committee members to discuss their career goals, learn about job opportunities in CRE, hear from CRE professionals, and develop deeper connections with industry professionals and their peers.

Participating interns and NAIOPWA student members must commit to attending all program events, unless pardoned otherwise. Each participant is responsible for scheduling 1:1 meetings with each individual small group member and mentor at least 1 time during the program. 


The program is available for current college students, all NAIOPWA student members, and NAIOPWA member-company interns.

Program Benefits

Participating fellows will gain:

  • networking experience.
  • access to additional professional mentors.
  • exposure to other commercial real estate trades/jobs.
  • a free one-year student NAIOP membership.


No cost to internship program participants or NAIOPWA member companies. The program is being provided thanks to the NAIOPWA Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion sponsors and the NAIOP Washington State Foundation. NAIOPWA member companies with participating interns must agree to compensate their interns for their time spent attending NAIOPWA DEI Internship Program events as outlined in the below schedule.


Interns must commit to attending the all events of the program, unless pardoned otherwise. Intern lunches cover topics ranging from commercial real estate operations, law & land use, recruiting & job search, and industry networking. Interns may now sign up for the NAIOPWA DEI Internship Program via the link below. The deadline to sign up is June 16, 2023. All events are currently scheduled to take place in person in downtown Seattle. Location details TBA. 

Schedule*: All meetings are slated to take place on Wednesdays 12-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. 

  • June 28: Kick-Off Event and Property Tour
  • July 12: Lunch & Learn - Life of the Deal Series Part 1
  • July 19: Lunch & Learn - Life of the Deal Series Part 2
  • July 26: Lunch & Learn - DEI Panel
  • August 2: Lunch & Learn - Recruiting & Job Search
  • August 9: Closing Event

*Program dates and meeting topics are subject to change.

Sign Up for the 2023 DEI Intern Program






Holland Partner Group           Unico


ARCO          PPM


Investco    LBA Realty    Touchstone

Sponsorships are available! Click here to visit our DEI sponsorship page. Contact [email protected] with questions.