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Public Sector Sustainability Intern at CB Richard Ellis

Public Sector Sustainability Intern

CB Richard Ellis Washington, DC (On Site) Full-Time
Public Sector Sustainability Intern

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Washington - District of Columbia - United States of America

About CBRE

With broader and deeper capabilities than any other company, CBRE is the leading full-service real estate services and investment organization in the world. A CBRE internship gives you a unique opportunity to get a head start in the commercial real estate industry by working alongside some of our top producing professionals. Our associates will gain valuable real-life experience and learn the business by working on CBRE projects.

CBRE Group, Inc. is the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2021 revenues) with more than 100,000 employees (excluding affiliates). CBRE has been included in the Fortune 500 since 2008, ranking #126 in 2022. It also has been voted the industry's top brand by the Lipsey Company for 20 consecutive years and has been named one of Fortune's "Most Admired Companies" in the real estate sector for nine years in a row. Its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CBRE".

The company serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 530+ offices worldwide (excluding affiliates). CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.


This internship is designed for current college students, undergraduate or graduate seeking a career in public sector real estate with a focus on ESG, sustainability, and decarbonization. Participation in the program is intended to provide a well-rounded knowledge of the public sector real estate business and valuable skills, earned by working alongside talented professionals in the largest and most successful global real estate services firm.

The internship accelerates your learning and development by providing you with a strong foundation upon which to build your real estate sales career. The program provides you with a unique perspective on our integrated service lines. As a program participant, you will also partake in learning and development activities designed especially for you.

Responsibilities May Include:

Supporting CBRE clients through data analysis, project development, or research supporting the client-dedicated sustainability team

Conduct company, property, and industry-specific research

Assist in developing and preparing marketing and presentation materials

Track global and commercial sustainability trends, state/local/federal policy developments, and regulatory issues that may influence our clients' climate strategies

Contribute to special projects in support of business development for client pursuits, renewable energy deals, or capital infrastructure programs

Conduct research on technical decarbonization solutions that can be deployed within a client's real estate portfolio

Complete a capstone project resulting in a business case for an initiative benefitting a client portfolio, global client sector, or internal CBRE operations

Contribute to special projects in support of business development including deep dives into current Executive Orders and other federal priorities


This internship is designed for candidates with a strong academic background, preferably in public policy, data analytics, business, or real estate. Applicants should be self-motivated, creative and disciplined, seeking to excel in the real estate industry.

Current college junior, senior, or graduate level student

Desire to work in the public sector real estate industry

Experience with MS Office with preferred experience in Salesforce and Tableau

Strong presentation skills

Ability to network and develop strong relationships

Detail-oriented and highly organized

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Solid written and oral communication skills

Ability to work independently and collaboratively

CBRE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

NOTE: Some, but not all, of our positions may have an additional requirement to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing. If you have questions about the requirement(s) for this position, please inform your Recruiter.

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