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NAIOP-Drexel Summer Real Estate Program

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The NAIOP-Drexel Summer Real Estate program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors and is designed to introduce underrepresented populations to Commercial Real-Estate (CRE) careers including architecture, engineering, construction, brokerage, development and finance. This is a 10-day residential program and takes place on Drexel’s campus.

Changing the Face of Commercial Real Estate

The path to increased diversity in the commercial real estate industry begins with introducing teens to CRE prior to entering college. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers in real estate, such as architecture, development, investment, construction, brokerage and urban planning, through the lens of a case study and real estate–focused activities. Students gain a deeper understanding of key concepts in real estate by exploring these topics with Drexel University professors, industry mentors and high-level corporate executives.

The NAIOP-Drexel Summer Real Estate program features several team building, college readiness and enrichment events on Drexel’s campus and throughout the city, including site visits to high-profile locations such as FMC and Comcast.

Program Dates, Eligibility Criteria and Application

Program dates: July 14 - July 23, 2024

Students will stay on Drexel’s campus through the entire program.

Eligibility Criteria

Open to current high school sophomores and juniors of color interested in CRE. Students must be academically strong and willing to learn and actively participate in group sessions. Admission is competitive. Preference is given to students with outstanding GPAs, exceptional standardized test scores (PSAT, ACT, and SAT are considered) and active involvement in extracurricular and/or community service activities.


Full scholarships provided to all accepted students.

Application deadline

Students must submit an application and one recommendation for consideration to participate in the program. Applications submitted by Friday, March 22, 2024 will have priority review and notification of acceptance. Those who apply after March 22, 2024 will be admitted on a rolling basis pending camp availability.

Philadelphia Partners

The NAIOP-Drexel Summer Program is hosted by Drexel University and sponsored by NAIOP Greater Philadelphia, and corporations interested in helping create a more diverse pipeline for CRE talent.


NAIOP helps developers solve everyday problems, influences effective public policy, engages a diverse membership, and provides professional development that supports members and their businesses. We are champions of a smart, sustainable and successful commercial real estate ecosystem that enhances quality of life for those who live, work and play in Greater Philadelphia.

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Thank you for your interest in the NAIOP-Drexel Summer Real Estate Program. We look forward to hearing from you.