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MAR 2019

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the leader March 2019 3 F rom Boston to Berkeley, Beijing, and beyond, faculty and career center staff have asked for one thing universally from CoreNet Global: internships for students. Opportunities for students to learn by doing, enhance their classroom experiences, and allow potential employers to gauge the "fit." With CoreNet Global's internship program, Intern Connect (www.corenetglobal.org/internconnect), members can post internship opportunities which dedicated CoreNet Global staff then share with an exclusive list of faculty and staff contacts at our growing roster of world- class universities. Internships are a proven way for students to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections in the field. Internships are also a way for students to get their feet wet and find out if a specific field is right for them. WH at is an internship? An internship is work experience offered by an organization for a limited period of time. They are typically undertaken by students looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field. Employers benefit from these placements because they often recruit employees from their best interns, who have known capabilities, thus saving time and money in the long run. More importantly, what isn't an internship? An internship is not 'free help;' intended to replace an employee; or more than 20 percent busy work (filing, covering phone, errands). WHY should i consider offering internships? An intern provides an extra set of hands that can often help accomplish goals or finish projects. As long as the project will indeed help a young person learn a new skill, learn more about the industry, and give them a great learning experience–interns can work with other employees in the office on specific projects. Just make sure they are supervised and always given feedback on their work. Furthermore, being afforded the opportunity to carefully teach a crop of young people how to complete tasks and accomplish goals often provides powerful personal motivation for employees to hold themselves to higher account and act as stronger leaders. Encouraging employees to guide and educate others can build strong morale and multiply effective leadership within a business. Lastly, why hire people who've never worked at your company before? Why not hire young people as interns, teach them your business and how your company runs, and hire them when they graduate college? An internship can feel like a test period. It's a great opportunity for you to test out this new working relationship and vice versa. Many Fortune-500 companies retain over 80 percent of their interns as entry-level hires. WH o needs an intern? Any organization hoping to recruit younger talent can benefit from an internship program. Corporate real estate practitioners can attest to the fact that new employees often have little or no experience with corporate real estate. Until now, there hasn't been a focus on CRE as a career path. Some of our members have fascinating stories to share about how they landed in CRE, and it's often a wild, twisted, dirt road kind of journey. Members in top positions in CRE organizations started their careers in theater, literature, chemistry, animal husbandry and more! CoreNet Global's University Relations function, which has been con- necting academia to the corporate real estate profession and, by extension, to CoreNet Global members and member companies, has designed Intern Connect to enable real estate groups in both end-user and service provider companies to access a pool of potential interns from some of the best universities around the world. While the primary goal is serving your needs, it's important to also acknowledge the benefit to students who can leverage this opportunity and possibly parlay it into a long career in our profession. At a minimum, we will raise the awareness and profile of corporate real estate as a viable career choice. H o W do i post an opportunity? 1. Visit Intern Connect; 2. Click on "Post an Internship;" 3. Complete the Opportunity Template. We invite you to get acquainted with Intern Connect, the only global internship site dedicated to corporate real estate. The what, why, who… and how of internships M E S S A G E F R O M U N I V E R S I T Y R E L A T I O N S For more information about any of these initiatives contact Dean Jordan, VP University & External Relations, 404.589.3218 or djordan@corenetglobal.org.

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