Alumni Testimonials

Alumni Testimonials

Students will join a vibrant community of CREST alumni.

"After a 10-week internship at AEW, I am excited to return full time as an Asset Management Analyst. Many thanks to my managers and mentors who were extensively involved in the program and made it such a rewarding experience. My gratitude goes to the Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) Internship program for establishing my initial connection with AEW and for providing me with the necessary training and connections to break into the real estate industry."

Brian Hsieh, Brandeis University CREST ‘23

I'm not only appreciative of this opportunity but also deeply grateful for being selected to participate in this transformative program. It has undoubtedly shifted my professional outlook and will continue to impact my life moving forward. I am filled with hope for the future and what it holds.”

Alkenly Ortiz. Boston Architectural College (BAC) CREST ’23

"I want to personally thank you for your attentiveness and care this summer. This was truly a fantastic opportunity and gained an exemplary introduction in commercial real estate. The networking potential is invaluable and has opened my perspective on my professional future in New England. I cannot express my appreciation enough and will carry all of my lessons learned through CREST and my internship with me for my entire career. With upmost gratitude."

Jasmine Flowers. Rhode Island School of Design CREST ‘23

"This past year, I was extremely fortunate and outright blessed to intern with the MIT Investment Management Company (MITIMCo). I worked alongside their real estate team. What began as a 10-week internship in June of 2022, through the Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) Internship (of which I am equally grateful), blossomed into a yearlong opportunity. The good folks at MITIMCo took me in, a small-town guy from North Carolina changing career paths, and showed me much more than the nuances and impacts of commercial real estate. They showed me true friendship and community — something that I had yet to find outside of my graduate program."

Joshua Dickens. Tufts University, Trinity Capital. CREST ’22

"The rotational system of the internship gave me an invaluable overview of all that civil engineering encompasses. In one summer, I got the entire package, saving me time on researching potential career paths that I would have otherwise only known about through perspectives found on the internet. Finding VHB was like mining and finding gold, and I feel extremely lucky to have landed here.”

Lily Liu Tufts University VHB intern CREST ‘23

"I've gained the knowledge of professional and personal branding. My networking and relafionship-building has grown significantly. With a passion for interior architecture, it's important to learn and have a better understanding of all aspects of the industry to encourage diversity and collaboration. Liberty Mutual has taught me the importance of relationship-building. Everyone's time is valuable, and we work with a purpose, together. This internship was incredibly valuable, making a huge impact on young professionals in the real estate industry and all other industries connected to it."

Manola Lovan, 2023 CREST Intern at Liberty Mutual Boston Architectural College Student, CREST ’23


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