Real Estate

Careers in Real Estate can follow multiple paths be it on the sell-side as a transaction advisor or as an investor on the buy-side for a REIT, asset manager, private equity fund or developer. While the industry continues to recover from the effects of the boom in sub-prime lending and subsequent collapse of credit, this has led to opportunities for buyers of both distressed properties and securities. The market for development is recovering domestically, while emerging markets lead the way in international development. The Wharton Real Estate community is particularly strong, with the Zell Lurie Center providing a platform for the leading lights of the industry to gather in Philadelphia on a semi-annual basis.

The Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center

The Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center attracts the most talented real estate-oriented students to Wharton every year, with experience across all areas, including investing, development, and advisory roles. The Center hosts industry-leading events with discussions on development, asset management, banking, hospitality, and more, and offers advanced real estate courses and lectures by industry leaders.

Wharton MBA Job Board

The Wharton MBA Job Board provides an opportunity for companies to advertise summer internships, short-term projects and full-time positions to the 1,600 MBA students on campus and 88,000 alumni around the world.  Past participating companies have included CB Richard Ellis/Trammell Crow Company, BlackRock, H/2 Capital Partners, Citi Property Investors, Hines, Beacon Capital Partners, Eastern Consolidated, iStar Financialand Eastdil Secured.  

On-Campus Opportunities

MBA Career Management is happy to help your company post a position, choose an interview date and schedule an on-campus recruiting visit.  Wharton has previously hosted visits from Tishman Speyer, Eastdil Secured, CIM Group, Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, Avalon Bay Communities, and CB Richard Ellis/Trammell Crow.  To increase your company’s visibility among the Wharton student population, on-campus employer presentations allow firms to meet and share information with first and second-year MBA students.

Meet the Real Estate Club

The Wharton Real Estate Club is one of the School’s most active professional clubs.  With frequent educational events, speakers, career development activities and networking opportunities, participation in Wharton Real Estate Club activities enables a company to establish brand awareness among the Wharton student population and more effectively market job opportunities to potential applicants.

Host Career Treks

Treks are student-managed visits to companies in domestic and international locations for the purpose of education and networking. The Career Trek program aims to provide real estate students access to companies/divisions that may not recruit on campus, build industry knowledge and create a stronger job search network.  Employers appreciate the convenient marketing exposure and opportunity to network with talented real estate students interested in learning more about the industry and participating companies.

Wharton MBA Career Management Key Contacts

Relationship Manager
Courtney Johnson

Career Advisor
Alex Holmes


Real Estate Student Club Contacts 2023-24

Cissy Shi

Kartik Shastri


Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center

Ron Smith