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Internship Highlights

Real world experience and industry insight

The Cornell Baker Program's commitment to assisting students as they search for a challenging and specialized summer internship is often cited by students and employers alike as a distinguishing feature of the program.

These summer internships offer you industry application of your graduate course, and an opportunity to experience a sector of the industry you are considering for your post-Cornell career. Additionally, internships are an excellent opportunity to try out companies, cities, and industry sectors that students are considering for their careers, post-program, that give our graduates a distinct edge in finding leadership positions in the industry upon graduation.

Internships take place during the summer between the first and second year and are typically aligned with a chosen area of concentration.

Recent internships

Juan Brito, MPS RE '18

Juan Brito

MPS RE '18

Through the Cornell network and alumni from the Baker Program, Brito was able to secure a summer position with AECOM Tishman Construction, a Fortune 500 company and a leader in the field of design and construction with a strong global presence, responsible for around 58 percent of New York's buildings over 1,000 feet tall.

Recent projects includes One World Trade Center and One Bryant Park. Focusing on project management and construction, Brito was part of the project management group based in New York.

Sameer Godiwala, MPS RE '17

Sameer Godiwala

MPS RE '17

Ocean Terrace Holdings, a small new company, recently acquired a two-acre parcel in North Beach, Miami, with plans to build a $300-million mixed-use retail, condo, and hotel project.

North Beach has missed the last few real estate cycles (unlike South Beach and other parts of Miami), so this project is really about revitalizing a community.

Godiwala was employee number four, working on a very lean team, doing anything and everything necessary to get the project off the ground. His responsibilities included development, asset management, and acquisitions.

Sean Mashian, MPS RE '18

Sean Mashian

MPS RE '18


Real estate development and sustainability


Capstone Advisors is a diversified real estate investment, development, and asset-management company.

Capstone invests for its own account, having been the equity investor in over $2 billion of residential development projects, and is also an active joint-venture operator, having partnered with some of the world's largest financial institutions and real estate investment funds.

Mashian came in as a summer associate, working on projects at the investor level in asset management, development, and acquisitions.

Annamaria Lookman, MPS RE '16

Annamaria Lookman

MPS RE '16


Commercial and hospitality development


Brickman Associates is a real estate private equity firm with 20 years of experience investing in real estate debt and equity. The firm has invested more than $3.4 billion of total capital in more than 78 real estate transactions throughout the U.S. Brickman owns, manages, and develops real estate in-house.

The firm is able to bring operational, management, and market expertise to the acquisition and origination of middle-market debt and equity investment opportunities. Through its investment vehicles, the firm owns and manages over 2.2 million square feet of office and residential real estate.

Lookman worked on acquisitions, asset management, and real estate finance.

Julio Duran, MPS RE '16

Julio Duran

MPS RE '16


Real estate development and affordable housing


Prudential Real Estate Investors, Latin America (PREI) is a leader in the global real estate investment management business, offering a broad range of investment vehicles that invest in private and public market opportunities in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.

Duran worked as an associate investor in the Miami office, with a focus on acquisitions, asset management, and real estate finance.

Scott Guo, MPS RE '16

Scott Guo

MPS RE '16


Development and sustainability


Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments, a subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual Insurance, is one of the largest real estate investors in the U.S. with investments in commercial mortgages and equity holdings across all major property types, including apartments, office, retail, and industrial segments.

As a summer associate, Guo held a role that was rotational, with areas of focus in acquisitions and asset management.

Doug Kim, MPS RE '16

Doug Kim

MPS RE '16


Residential real estate development


AEW Asia, a subsidiary of AEW Global, is the regional office of a global real estate investment management firm. AEW Asia operates from offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

AEW Asia is the investment manager for private investment strategies across the Pacific Rim with holdings including core, core-plus, value-add, and opportunistic strategies investing in direct assets, REITs, and other real estate securities.

As a summer associate, Kim focused on acquisitions, asset management, and real estate finance.

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