Internship Highlights

Real world experience and industry insight.

The Cornell Baker Program’s commitment to assisting students as they search for a challenging and specialized summer internship is often cited by students and employers alike as a distinguishing feature of the program.

These summer internships offer you industry application of your graduate coursework, and an opportunity to experience a sector of the industry you are considering for your post-Cornell career. Additionally, internships are an excellent opportunity to try out companies, cities, and industry sectors that you are considering for your career, post-program. Our graduates find that this gives them a distinct edge in finding leadership positions in the industry upon graduation.

Internships take place during the summer between the first and second year and are typically aligned with a chosen area of concentration.

Recent internships

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Christian LeBlanc

MPS RE '24

Concentration: Real Estate Finance & Investments 

Rockbridge Capital, LLC (“Rockbridge”) is a vertically integrated, hospitality-centered, investment firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Rockbridge has more than 24 years in business and has been investing in and building brands since 1999. The business has made more than 295 real estate and hospitality investments in 39 states worth over $10 billion in total capitalization and has over $3.5 billion in assets under management.

Over the summer, Christian was a member of the Rockbridge Hospitality Management (“RBHM”) team, which was formed in 2022 with the goal of internalizing Rockbridge’s oversight of independent and branded management, integration, and value enhancement at their hotels. In addition to this role, LeBlanc concentrated on asset and portfolio management, overseeing 65 equity deals, and also engaged in real estate finance and investment activities.

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Vedant Khatod

MPS RE '24

Concentration: Real Estate Finance & Investments

Hodes Weill and Associates is a leading, global capital advisory firm focused on real estate, infrastructure and other real assets. Founded by David Hodes and Doug Weill in 2009, the firm focuses on real estate investments and the fund management industry. The firm offers specialist advice and capital-raising services on a global basis to investment and fund managers, from its offices in New York, Denver, Hong Kong, London and Amsterdam. Additionally, Hodes Weill has completed mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, and strategic advisory assignments involving asset management platforms and portfolios. 

Vedant came in as a summer intern and a research associate. He assisted with fundraising activities for student housing, industrial and warehousing strategies for the US and UK markets. Additionally, Vedant worked on the real estate allocations monitor jointly published by Hodes Weill and the Baker Program which assesses the trends in institutional capital flows to the real estate markets. 


Roberto Teran

MPS RE '24

Concentration: Real Estate Finance & Investments

Banner Real Estate Group is a group of fully integrated real estate companies based in Chicago, IL, focusing on the acquisition, management, and development of multifamily and self-storage facilities nationwide. Since its founding in 1989, Banner has acquired and developed 76 properties collectively worth approximately $2.2 billion.

Focusing on development, Roberto’s responsibilities included sourcing, underwriting, and recommending new ground-up development investment prospects across multiple markets.

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Jennifer Andrea

MPS RE '24

Concentration: Consulting & Asset Management

CBRE Investment Management is the global investment subsidiary CBRE. CBRE IM delivers sustainable investment solutions across real assets categories, geographies, risk profiles and execution formats so that their clients, people, and communities thrive. It is one of the world’s leading real assets investment managers responsible for more than $147.6B+ of assets under management.

Jennifer worked on the Indirect Investment Management Team analyzing market data and investment portfolio pitches to assess whether a potential deal would fit the mandates of our current investment pools. Jennifer worked on several deals across property types including self-storage, student housing, single family rentals, and industrial distribution centers.

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Melanie Gonzalez

MPS RE '24

Concentration: Real Estate Finance & Investments

PulteGroup, Inc. is one of the largest and most prominent residential construction and real estate development companies in the United States. Founded in 1950, this publicly traded company has established itself as a leader in the homebuilding industry, with a reputation for quality, innovation, and sustainability.

As an Acquisitions Intern at PulteGroup, Melanie contributed to the company’s land acquisition strategy by assisting in the development of financial models, underwriting, sourcing, and conducting competitive analysis and market research.


Ricardo Alvarez del Castillo

MPS RE '24

Concentration: Real Estate Finance & Investments 

McWhinney is a national real estate development, investment, and management firm with over 30 years of experience in creating developments and sustainable communities. The firm has developed more than 10 million square feet throughout the United States.

As a Summer Associate, Ricardo focused on real estate finance. He assisted the team in negotiating with institutional equity investors and worked on deal structuring for a new fund.

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Daniel (Wen Shao) Chen

MPS RE '24

Concentration: Real Estate Finance & Investments

Woda Cooper Companies, Inc and its affiliates are experienced developers, general contractors, and property managers specializing in the design, construction, and management of affordable multi-family apartments, senior communities, and single-family housing. The company was founded in 1990 and now has operations in 17 states with a portfolio of more than 400 communities and 16,000 units.

During Daniel’s summer as a Real Estate Development Intern, he focused on development feasibility analysis, site evaluation, and researching LIHTC/state housing trust fund financing.