Start Your Search Now for Summer Internships in Residential Property Management

The middle of winter may seem like a crazy time to be thinking of summer—then again, maybe not—but now is the perfect time to start planning for summer internships!

Internships provide an ideal way to gain valuable work experience while also giving you the opportunity to try on different careers to learn which is the perfect fit for you.

Internships are particularly important for the residential property management industry. Many companies in our industry require entry-level employees to spend time working onsite at a property. That gives employees the chance to learn the business from the ground up. Internships at properties can provide the same experience.

Marie Virgilio, director of recruiting for Weidner Apartment Homes, says doing an internship gives students a better understanding of the different roles on site and what it’s like to lease an apartment or see what a property manager does day to day. It also can put you in a position of receiving a job offer before graduation.

Students first need to figure out what type of internship they want and where they would like to do it. If you’re looking in your local area, she suggests doing an online search for nearby property management companies and checking out their websites to see if they offer internships. If looking outside your area, search the top 50 residential property management companies in the country. Don’t forget to check with your college career center to see how it can help connect you to internships.

Marie also suggests using LinkedIn to research companies and connect with people working at those companies. Ask them if they know if their company offers internships and how best to apply.

“Networking is a great way to find out about a company and if there are opportunities available,” she says.

When the time comes to apply for an internship, Marie reminds you to take time to make sure all of your information is correct and your grammar perfect. Hiring managers notice the small mistakes.

“You would be surprised at how many errors there are on resumes, and that doesn’t give a great first impression and can eliminate your application from being considered,” she says.

Marie also advises writing a cover letter to accompany your resume and application. Tell the company why you are interested in an internship in property management, what you hope to learn during your internship and why you want to intern for that particular company. That shows you have done your research, which is important to hiring managers.

You can learn more about working in residential property management by visiting our website at RPMCareers.org. Click on “student” at the top of the page to see information tailored for you. February marks Residential Property Management (RPM) Careers Month. I encourage you to use it as an opportunity to learn more about our industry.

Good luck with the internship search, and please let me know if NAAEI can help!

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