In today’s real estate industry, getting a good start will take tenacity, hard work, initiative and innovation – and quite possibly an internship.
From commercial real estate brokerages to appraisers and property managers, major real estate employers – in Orange County, around the country and internationally – are seeking young professionals for internships, which can be the entry into a rewarding career.
Here are the stories of two Cal State Fullerton business seniors planning for real estate careers. They have found impactful internships this semester with Irvine-based Sperry Commercial, a global commercial real estate powerhouse.
Joshua Lee: Financial Analyst Intern for Sperry Commercial
When Joshua Lee ’20 (finance and ISDS) arrived at Cal State Fullerton after transferring from Pasadena City College in 2017, he wanted to be a tax accountant. But several reasons combined to encourage the transfer student to choose real estate as his path.
“Having thought of how I can make my parents’ retirement better, I wanted to provide them a nice house to live and relax in,” he says. “And I liked the idea of passive income and cash flow. And growing up in Burbank and surrounded by nice houses, I realized I wanted one of those nice homes one day, too!”
With a long-term career goal of being a real estate broker and owning a gated housing community, Lee is already a licensed salesperson and has interned at Sperry Commercial for the past nine months, where he has learned a lot of the technical and social sides of the industry. Read More