Student Engagement

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The Center for Real Estate and Finance offers a variety of opportunities for students to engage with alumni and industry executives—the first step in building a career—through events, clubs, courses and internships.

The center also offers multiple case competitions, presentations, and informal open sessions with high-level industry executives, as well as receptions for students to network with real estate alumni. With access to real-time industry databases during course study, students are always up on the current real estate trends.


Current students and CREF advisory board member companies interested in participating in the Student Internship Program should read the criteria and guidelines outlined in the Internships section of the Centers & Institutes homepage.

Real Estate and Finance Courses

A variety of Real Estate and Finance courses are available at the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration. For current offerings, please visit Cornell University Course Descriptions.

Real Estate Treks

The center has hosted both domestic and international real estate treks in partnership with the Cornell Real Estate Club.  In 2019, the international trek students ventured to Sydney, Australia to visit the 151 Property sites including the Top Ryde Shopping CentreScentre Group and Westfield Sydney Shopping CentreBlackstoneWeWork, and JLL Sydney office. The Australia/New Zealand CHS (Cornell Hotel Society) chapter also hosted an alumni reception at the Sydney Opera House welcoming the students to Sydney.