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Summer Intern Lunch & Learn: Life of the Deal Part 1 [Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion]
Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 12:00 AM - 1:30 PM PDT
Category: In-Person Events

Intern Program 2024

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 NAIOPWA, 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. 

"Through this journey, I have expanded my industry insights and forged invaluable connections with astute mentors. The investment of time, particularly on Wednesdays, has been unequivocally rewarding." - Sena Gao, DEI Intern Class of 2023

"The NAIOPWA DEI Intern program afforded me the opportunity to engage with esteemed professionals within the built environment sector who are actively advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This program facilitated invaluable networking opportunities and provided a platform for me to learn from the diverse experiences shared by fellow interns from the Seattle area. The lunch & learn events were an excellent way to build community, and the property tours gave us privileged access to some world class spaces in the Seattle region.” - Roushan Kwatra, DEI Intern Class of 2023

Program Details:
  • Intern Sign Up Deadline: Friday, June 14 Deadline extended to Tuesday, June 18!
  • The program free and open to current college students, NAIOPWA student members, and NAIOPWA member-company interns.
    • Unfortunately, due to space limitations, NAIOPWA may not be able to accommodate all students who apply for our intern program. Priority will be given to juniors and seniors nearing the end of their undergraduate (bachelor's) programs. We encourage all interested to apply, and we will do our best to accommodate everyone.

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. All events are currently scheduled to take place in person in downtown Seattle or Bellevue. Lunch will be provided. Location details TBA. 

  • June 26: Evening Kick-Off Event, 4-6 p.m.
    • Hosted by Holland Partner Group at The Ayer
  • July 10: Lunch & Learn - Life of the Deal Series Part 1, 12-1:30 p.m.
    • Hosted by Urban Renaissance Group at Columbia Center
    • Speakers include: McKenzie Darr (Grand Peaks), Erwin Park (Madison Bay Commercial), and Anne Purkey-Deller (Seyfarth Shaw)
  • July 17: Lunch & Learn - Life of the Deal Series Part 2, 12-1:30 p.m.
    • Hosted by MG2
    • Speakers include: Scott Falkin (Falkin Associates), Jericho Jones (ARCO National Construction - Northwest), Laura Lindeman (Coughlin Porter Lundeen), and Mike Miranda (MG2)
  • July 24: Lunch & Learn - DEI Panel, 12-1:30 p.m.
    • Hosted by Prime Electric (Bellevue Office)
    • Speakers include: Hector Alvarado (Northwest Building), Jeremiah Captain (XFactor Partners & ConstructDiversity), Mercedes Gamor (Prime Electric & buildHER), and Christy McFall (PPM)
  • July 31: Lunch & Learn - Recruiting & Job Search, 12-1:30 p.m.
    • Hosted by McKinstry
    • Speakers include: Alli Burton (McKinstry), Jenny Chin (Cochran), Molly Lambright (MainStreet Property Group), and Roushan Kwatra (NAIOPWA Intern Class 2023)
  • August 7: Evening Closing Event, 4-6 p.m.
    • Hosted by Hudson Pacific Properties at 505 First
*Program dates and meeting topics are subject to change.

Registration for the 2024 Summer Intern Program is now closed. If you are or know a student or intern who wants to join the program, please email [email protected]. Additional interns may be accepted if space permits. 

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