The NAIOP-Drexel Summer Program

The NAIOP-Drexel Summer Real Estate Program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors of color, designed to introduce teens to careers in CRE including architecture, development, investment, construction, brokerage and urban planning/design. The experiences are hosted by Drexel University and sponsored by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and corporations interested in helping create a more diverse pipeline for CRE talent. Please see these videos for a look at prior programs.

2020 Virtual Program Video
2019 Residential Program Video

Applications for the 2021 program are now open.

The NAIOP-Drexel Summer Program is an exciting, fun, and academically challenging week of activities designed to introduce high-performing high school students of color to the Commercial Real Estate industry (CRE). Students will receive individual exposure to local CRE executives, tours of exciting Philadelphia real estate projects, classroom instruction on multiple relevant topics, and group project activities. 

The Details:
Program dates:
 July 12-20, 2021 (excluding July 17 & 18)
Applications Deadline: 
June 11, 2021
 Full scholarships provided for all accepted students
Eligibility criteria:
 Open to current high school sophomores and juniors of color interested in Commercial Real Estate. Students must be academically strong, willing to learn and actively participate in group sessions. Students must submit an application and one recommendation for consideration to participate in the program. See links below.
Attendance: The 2021 program will be hosted on campus at Drexel University. Students will be expected to commute to and from Drexel’s campus daily for offerings from 10:00am-2:00pm. Students will also need to comply with all Drexel COVID-19 policies throughout the duration of the program. Daily health check-ins will be required.

Admission is competitive. Preference is given to students with outstanding GPAs, exceptional standardized test scores (PSAT, ACT, and SAT are considered) and active involvement in extracurricular and/or community service activities.

Each student who successfully completes the program will receive:

Certificate of completion.
Direct contact with Philadelphia’s top CRE executives, and the opportunity for ongoing mentorship. 
Resume building skills including; presentation preparation, public speaking, financial literacy, PowerPoint/Excel and a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of the real estate industry.
Drexel University and corporate swag.
College-level learning and interaction with Drexel professors and staff.
Insight into the college experience through direct connection with current Drexel students.
Opportunity for an internship with local commercial real estate companies.

Click here to apply to the 2021 program.
Click here for the Recommendation form.

Please contact  Sarah Maginnis.