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 NAIOP Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion College Internship Program is a resource for current college students, NAIOP student members, and students who have been placed in a summer internship with NAIOP-member CRE companies. This program is a platform for interns of diverse ethnicities, genders, abilities and sexual orientations to interact more closely with NAIOP, to connect with peers, and to experience the breadth of the CRE industry. By providing an additional support resource for NAIOP 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 & NAIOP student members must commit to attending all unless pardoned otherwise. Each participant is responsible for scheduling 1:1 meetings with each individual small group member and mentor at least 1x during the program. Calls will be 30 minutes each.


The program is available for current college students, all NAIOP student members & NAIOP 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 student NAIOP membership for the remainder of 2021


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


Interns must commit to attending the all events of the program. Intern lunches cover topics ranging from commercial real estate operations, law & land use, recruiting & job search, industry networking, and a property tour. 

Nomination Timeline

  • May: Nominations open.
  • June 30: Nomination deadline. 

Wednesday Virtual Lunches, 12-1 pm:

  • June 30: Intro/Networking Ice-Breaker Event
  • July 7: Lunch & Learn - Life of the Deal Series Part 1
  • July 14: Lunch & Learn - Life of the Deal Series Part 2
  • July 21: Lunch & Learn - Recruiting & Job Search
  • *Aug 11: Closing Event - Lunch & Learn (TBD) 


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