Michael Berkowitz ’15 spent the summer before his senior year as an intern with CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), one of the world’s leading commercial real estate companies.
Working in CBRE’s Broker Services sector at the company’s Washington D.C. headquarters, Berkowitz’s responsibilities included assisting local brokers with keeping up-to-date listings of their agreements on office leases. He also assisted the company with open houses. During the internship, he worked with brokers at CBRE offices in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Bethesda, Md., and Tysons Corner, Va.
“While my exposure to multiple liberal arts courses has helped broaden my experiences at HWS, I believe my focus on economics certainly helped guide me towards the internship in commercial real estate,” says Berkowitz, an economics major with a minor in public policy studies. “I was able to garner a strong base of the skills needed for the position throughout my years at HWS.”
Berkowitz credits his success in finding the internship to the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, which allowed him to pursue his interests in the commercial real estate industry.
“Not only did Career Services help connect me with alums, they helped prepare me with mock interviews to ensure that when the time came, I was comfortable with the real interviewing process,” he says.
As a member of the Hobart football team, Berkowitz says that being a part of a team has taught him many valuable lessons that helped him in his internship. “An important aspect of my position as an intern was to function within an established team. The team project I was a part of involved different personalities and levels of experience all contributing towards an objective with a deadline.”
CBRE is the world’s premiere, full-service real estate services company. With 349 offices located in 42 countries, they hold leadership positions in virtually every key business center across the globe.