Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) Partnership

The Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee is responsible for our on-going relationship with CREST (Commercial Real Estate Success Training). We are proud to announce that given this partnership that our CoreNet Global New England Chapter is now a CREST  “Champion” acknowledging our commitment and financial support of their program. This “Champion” designation provides our chapter with the opportunity to market our partnership and to educate program interns and CREST alumni about careers in corporate real estate as well as the value of CoreNet Global membership.

For those that do not know, CREST is a local, non-profit organization that provides meaningful summer internships along with personal and professional skills development to highly motivated and talented college students who have been historically underrepresented in our industry. CREST works with partner firms to recruit the right intern for real estate organizations and provides on-going support and skills development training throughout their internship. Learn more about CREST from previous participant, Markos Alemu. In this video he speaks about his experience interning at Liberty Mutual through CREST last summer. 

For our valued Corporate Partners, we would like to offer the opportunity to participate in the CREST program and hire a CRE intern at your own organization during their 2021 10-week summer program.
Once again, our Chapter has agreed to subsidize 50% of the CREST program costs for as many as four of our Corporate Partners. The total program cost is $5,000 per student, so the cost to each selected Corporate Partner firm will be the $2,500 program fee, plus the salary for your selected intern.

If you are a Corporate Partner and interested in participating in the program and receiving $2,500 toward program costs as a Corporate Partner benefit, please send a letter of interest and a completed 2021 CREST application with your CRE intern job description to Debbie Crooks ( no later than January 29th, 2021. Tell us why your CRE organization would like to participate in the program and how your intern might benefit by working there. We will announce the four selected firms in late January and engagement with CREST to choose an intern will begin immediately thereafter. The internships run between June 2021 and August 2021.  

Firms that are not Corporate Partners are also encouraged to apply with CREST directly to recruit an intern for their organization
 (although those firms will be responsible for all of the associated costs).  Please send your letter of interest and completed application to either Milton Benjamin at or Sandra King at

Click here to download more information about CREST.

Click here to download the CREST employer application.

In the meantime, the EID committee is hosting a CRAVE Program with CREST on January 22nd, 2021. CREST will introduce you to their program, explain what is expected of its students and its employers, share some of the success stories and answer any questions that you might have regarding participation. If you would like to attend this CRAVE event, please reference upcoming chapter newsletters for registration!