MSRED Career Development

The MSRED program is dedicated to providing meaningful professional development programming and opportunities for networking and mentorship, and employs a full-time career development professional dedicated to real estate students and alumni.

Throughout the academic year, students attend professional development presentations, engage in speed networking with alumni, and participate in the MSRED Alumni Mentorship Program. The program hosts an annual career fair that is attended by top companies in the industry. There are many opportunities for internships and experiential learning projects that enable MSREDs to start immediately applying new skills in professional contexts and make valuable contacts.

The job placement rate for MSRED graduates is excellent (91% for the Class of 2012). Graduates go into positions in development, institutional investment, private equity, consulting, and the public sector. 15% of graduates pursue entrepreneurial projects. The majority of MSRED alumni lives and works in New York City, but the number of graduates working in other domestic markets and international locations is increasing each year.

Representative List of Companies Where MSRED Alumni are Employed:
AEW Capital Management
Anbau Enterprises
Bentall Kennedy
British Airways
Brookfield Financial
City Ventures, LLC
Clarion Partners LLC
Douglaston Development
Dundee Realty Corporation
G2 Investment Group, LLC
Goldman Sachs
GZ Real Estate
Hanover Street Capital Partners
Happold Consulting
HR&A Advisors
Jonathan Rose Companies
Langham Hospitality Group
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Rouse Properties, Inc.
Seritage Realty Trust
SHoP Architects
SL Green
Spirit Investment Partners
The Blackstone Group
The CIM Group
The Durst Organization
The Georgetown Company
The Richman Group
Two Trees Management

MSRED Alumni Mentorship Program

The MSRED Alumni Mentorship Program carefully matches current students with experienced alumni according to mutual interests and backgrounds, and offers the opportunity for one-on-one guidance throughout the fall and spring semesters, as well as broader networking during group Mentorship events. The program is designed to:
  • Provide students with insight into the current climate and opportunities in various sectors of the field, including ground-up development, entrepreneurial and institutional investment, private equity, consulting, and the public sector
  • Help MSREDs clarify career goals, identify resources and contacts, and plan job search strategies
  • Keep alumni connected with young, emerging professionals and informed about the current MSRED program
Mentors and mentees are matched at the end of the summer term each year. If you would like to participate as an alumni mentor, please email Kate Rockey-Harris, MSRED Career Development Officer, at kar2156@columbia.edu to learn how to get involved.