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, and courses. The center hosts annual international and domestic 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 Centre, Scentre Group and Westfield Sydney Shopping Centre, Blackstone, WeWork, 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.
Other events offered by the center include 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.