By: Rachel Chessky, DePaul University marketing and economics major ’16

Looking for the right internship can seem like an intimidating task. Sometimes it helps to take a step back and remember where we are; Chicago is filled with numerous companies and organizations looking to hire interns and you never know which one will be the right fit for you. At the University Internship Program (UIP) at DePaul, we strive to help connect students with an internship that best fits their needs and we love to hear when an employer is just as thrilled with the match.

Chicago is filled with numerous companies and organizations looking to hire interns…

@properties, one of the top 25 residential brokers in the U.S. and the #1 real estate brokerage in Chicago by market share, recently reached out to us to share their excellent experience with a DePaul intern.

Real Estate Broker & Loan Officer Robert Adolfson, who focuses on the Lincoln Park community, shared that the internship program provided “training and mentorship customized to each individual’s ambitions along with their skill sets – all within the profession.” He went on to say that the internship was “highly interactive and practical.” Due to this customization, interns were able to grow and cultivate new skills that are directly applicable to their chosen career path.

Thinking of DePaul interns, he noted:

“They are savvy; polished and very open to mentoring. More importantly, there is an excitement that comes out with their initiative and desire to want to learn about the professional working world.”

DePaul interns have come to stand out in the professional world due to this eagerness to learn more mentality instilled in the classroom.

DePaul students are excited to develop their abilities and passionate about their work, leading professionals across a wide array of industries to think very highly of DePaul. Having this outlook makes an intern more appealing to employers as they know their efforts to train you are being appreciated. Adolfson even went on to say that he “enjoys bringing a real-world practicum to the learned classroom skills.”

Having an internship where you are able to grow and your employer is invested in your growth is the essence of a great internship. Settling for an internship that is simply another checkmark for the resume does not inspire passion. UIP encourages students to search for those opportunities they will be able to learn from.


Inspired and interested in finding a job or internship in the real estate industry? Check out Handshake for new career listings!

If you are looking for that perfect internship and want to know how to receive credit for it, visit our internship advisor, Alisha Pharr, to learn more.