Real Estate Mentorship Program

Program details

The focus of the Real Estate Mentorship Program is an internship that runs for three to four months from May to August. Sponsoring organizations provide full-time, paid summer jobs for accepted students, along with a mentor to act as a contact person for faculty and students. It is central to the goal of the program that sponsors provide mentoring to their students, introducing their interns to the organization’s role in the real estate industry, and providing opportunities for meaningful work. Ideally, the internships involve a workload that allows students to see how aspects of their studies apply in the industry.

The program is run by UBC Sauder’s Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre with assistance from the UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate. 

The UBC Sauder School of Business and the UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate are extremely grateful to Grosvenor Americas for providing financial support to administer this program and help in supporting the Centre. 

Applications Open: January

What this program provides

    • Professional experience and mentoring for select Sauder School of Business students interested in a career in real estate.
    • A paid position over the summer for 3rd or 4th year undergraduates; the position is typically with a local firm that specializes in real estate development, investment, brokerage, or appraisal.
    • Valuable professional experience and the opportunity to build mentor networks.


        To be eligible, students must be in the 3rd or 4th year of their undergraduate degree. Students must have completed or be enrolled in C307 Real Estate Investment, intend to return to Sauder after their summer internship, and enroll in a least one additional class offered in the real estate option.

        Program requirements

        Students must commit three to four months to this program over the period of May to August.

        How to apply

        Admission to the program is through a three-step process.

        1. A pool of candidates is selected from Sauder undergraduates who have taken courses in real estate or urban economics.
        2. Using resumes, brief personal statements, and personal interviews, the most promising internship candidates are selected from this pool.
        3. A selection of these top students is offered to each sponsor, so that both sponsors and interns are matched by choice. Both the sponsor and the student must agree for the internship to occur. 

        Please submit your application to COOL (Jobs > Search) and include the following in your application:

        1. Cover letter indicating why you are interested and would be a good choice for the internship
        2. Resume
        3. UBC transcript showing grades (pdf or screen shots are fine)

        Contact us

        If you have any questions about this program, please email Michael Rankin, Co-op Program Manager at

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