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Real Estate Summer Associate, Summer 2023

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Job Description

Intern candidates can expect a full-time onsite internship program, running from June 5, 2023 to August 11, 2023.

Carefully selected from universities across the country, our interns bring distinctive ideas and perspectives to our organization. Our employees are passionate about building our emerging talent and future leaders. After application and initial screening conversation, interns are aligned interview and be hired to a specific team at Northwestern Mutual based on their skillsets and interests, providing exposure to real-world business perspectives through hands-on learning and meaningful work. In addition to their day-to-day tasks, interns participate in professional development workshops, senior leadership Q&A's, volunteer initiatives, networking/social events, and more!

Real Estate Summer Associate

As a Real Estate Summer Associate, you will work alongside your hiring manager, mentor, and team to complete tasks critical for Northwestern Mutual's success. We are here to help you both identify and continue to develop your future career goals and passions.

Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments, LLC (NMRE): NMRE is responsible for the property investments of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Northwestern Mutual is one of the largest investors of commercial real estate in the U.S., with a diversified portfolio across U.S. markets and major property types. Job duties can include:

  • Providing underwriting and due diligence support on proposed new debt and equity investments.

  • Leading the investment underwriting process in the home office, coordinating with multiple functional units – Architecture, Environmental, Law, Closing, Insurance and Tax.

  • Working with investment production professionals in a designated field office to prepare deal submissions, review due diligence materials and gather additional information as needed.

  • Developing a working knowledge of property-level data, market fundamentals and deal terms on multiple transactions.

  • Preparing and maintaining loan pricing and equity return models.

  • Preparing final underwriting documents for, and presenting investments to, senior management for final approval.

  • Assisting field office personnel with ongoing monitoring of investments, including the review and analysis of servicing requests.

  • Some travel is required.

Bring Your Best! What this role needs. Minimum qualifications

  • Completing a Master’s degree or MBA, preferably with an emphasis in Real Estate, Finance, or Accounting, graduating December 2023/May 2024.

  • Two years of experience in commercial real estate investment, development, asset management or mortgage lending.

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

  • Previous work or classroom experience in one or more of the following: fundamentals of real estate valuation, finance, accounting, property-level due diligence, real estate law and construction.

  • Understanding of current market conditions as they relate to U.S. commercial real estate sectors and geographical locations.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel; experience with Argus or other DCF modeling software a plus.

  • Employer immigration sponsorship is not available for this role.

Preferred skills and proficiencies

  • Previous Corporate Real Estate internship and/or relevant project experience.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving ability.

  • High degree of self-motivation, passion, and a drive to learn .

  • Ability to balance multiple priorities.

Next steps

We encourage you to apply! If selected to move forward, one of our University Relations team members will reach out for a call, where we will learn more about you and share internship opportunities aligning to your interests and skillsets and share any next steps of our recruiting process.

Who we are

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for over 160 years through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation, and distribution. With more than $290 billion in assets, $30 billion in revenues and more than $1.9 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.6 million clients. People are the power behind Northwestern Mutual, and diversity makes us better. We are committed to reflecting and serving the marketplace. We do so by attracting and improving the engagement of those who bring their outstanding perspectives, ideas, and beliefs. At Northwestern Mutual, people matter. And you’ll be working for a company that’s consistently voted among the “most admired” in the nation. We invite you to explore your career interests with us.

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W e are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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We’re excited about the potential people bring to Northwestern Mutual. You can grow your career here while enjoying first-class perks, benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.