CREATExperience Host Guidelines

Following these host guidelines will help your company to provide the most meaningful job exposure program for your student.

The job exposure/job shadow experience can vary in length and frequency. You may choose to have your student work anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks for 15 to 40 hours per week. If your time is limited, 3 five-hour days for 3 weeks can still provide a meaningful work experience and create a new hiring opportunity for your company after the student graduates. The following example is based on an 8-week experience.

WEEK 1: Provide an Orientation to Your Company, CREATE and the Commercial Real Estate Industry

  • Introduction to all company and building employees
  • Tour of property/surrounding area
  • Arrange to visit a CREATE partner’s office (BOMA, IREM or NAIOP), and/or have them attend an industry event
  • Hold a staff introduction lunch on their first day, or within the first week
  • Overview of the company’s organizational structure and each department’s objective
  • Company policies and procedures
  • Ensure that the student has their own workspace, computer, and necessary peripherals.

WEEKS 2 – 8: Providing Relevant & Meaningful Work

  • Assign a manager to serve as mentor for intern
  • Arrange for student to spend one day (or half day) with each department, if possible: engineering, accounting, construction, leasing, security manager, janitorial manager, parking manager, etc.
  • If applicable, arrange for a tour of different properties within your company’s portfolio
  • Plan specific projects that student can participate and assist with; pull ideas from your colleagues – what work/projects do they have on their back-burners that a student can assist with?
  • Once tasks/projects identified, provide adequate training and direction for student
  • Have intern keep a portfolio of anything they produce during internship
  • Hold weekly progress meetings
  • Arrange tours/visits to other commercial property related business offices

FINAL DAY: Wrapping Up

  • Complete a performance review at end of program
  • Company/mentor and student will turn in an assessment of the program and their experience to the CREATE team