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CBRE GWS MBA Summer Associate Program

As an MBA graduate, your ability to think analytically and strategically will bolster your professional performance.


Discover CBRE. We are the perfect place for MBAs with an interest in real estate, consulting, and business analytics to grow and excel. The MBA Summer Associate Program is a full-time, paid program that provides MBA and MS in Real Estate students with an in-depth introduction to CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business and the diverse range of global career opportunities available therein.

In addition to contributing to the work of the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, summer associates also gain experience advising clients that are leaders in the fields of technology, financial services, retail, and more. Summer associates are placed on account teams that benefit from their skill sets and interests. They receive support and guidance throughout the summer from a structured summer program that offers them a wide variety of projects, networking and executive exposure opportunities. 

Examples of placement areas include:

  • Account Management & Operations
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Real Estate Transaction Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Project Management
  • Business Development & Marketing



Fall 2018 Digital Speaker Series

Join us for our GWS MBA Summer Associate Fall Webinar Series. Hear from GWS leaders and learn about the wide range of career opportunities that Global Workplace Solutions has to offer.

  • Corporate Real Estate 101: A Global Industry Poised for Disruption 
    Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 7:30pm EST
    Guest Speaker: Jim Tousignant, SVP Global Real Estate at Verizon
  • Corporate Real Estate Consulting: Advising & Building Client Solutions 
    Date: Wednesday, October 24th, 7:30pm EST
    Guest Speaker: Karen Ellzey, Executive Managing Director with CBRE Consulting
  • Turning Your Passion into a Career Path at CBRE
    Date: Monday, November 5th, 7:30pm EST
    Guest Speaker: Darcy Mackay, West Division President CBRE




Summer Associate placement and specific responsibilities will be based on an individual’s area of concentration, strengths, interests, and the GWS business need. Responsibilities below are examples and will vary according to role:

  • Work with account leadership to understand account operations, scopes of service, and financial requirements within an integrated service delivery model
  • Gain exposure to multiple areas of the core business and brainstorm ways to help improve best practice sharing and lessons learned socialization
  • Develop recommendations for greater financial/operational controls and standard reporting routines to improve the quality and consistency of services performed
  • Analyze and develop metro plans for real estate portfolio optimization and increased flexibility based on market and facility conditions
  • Analyze the productivity of key service areas and look for opportunities for simplification and cost savings
  • External and internal assessments of the business environment, competitors, customers, market trends and the implications to the particular area of responsibility
  • Leadership training and development

"The learning experience that the GWS MBA Summer Associate Program afforded me is unparalleled to any other summer internship I've had in the past. Through interactions with leadership, on both the client's side and CBRE's, and meaningfully utilized work product, I feel as if I have gained a level of real world knowledge and experience that will surely accompany me after I leave graduate school. "
Will Shelly, MBA Class 2018


  • Full-time MBA student at a Top 50 institution between first and second year
  • Past experience in commercial real estate, and/or interest in real estate and desire to be exposed to multiple facets of the business
  • Ability to interpret business financial documents
  • Strong written and verbal communication (including presentation) skills
  • Strong leadership and teaming skills
  • Ability to gather, analyze, interpret and summarize data; advanced Excel skills preferred
  • Willingness to “roll up sleeves”, get up to speed quickly and analyze data to develop actionable insights

How to Apply

To be considered for a position with CBRE, please apply online.  

Search for a GWS Summer Associate position with your preferred city. Sign in with your existing username and password or click “Go to Profile” to create one. Once you are logged in you can either apply for specific jobs or submit your general application using the link at the bottom of the page.

Please check back for 2018 Summer program dates
Relocation not offered


At CBRE, cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment creates more than strength and connection—it fuels the CBRE Advantage. Take the next step in your career with us!

We have recently established the CBRE Diversity Scholars Award for graduate students attending Duke, Vanderbilt and Berkeley. 

Scholars will be placed in a paid summer internship in CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) MBA Associate Program and receive an additional $10,000 over the course of the 10-week internship.

Award Selection Criteria
To be considered for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Self-identify as African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American or Native American
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Be enrolled as paid summer internship graduate student who completed the first year
  • Be uncommitted to another company after graduation
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident


To Apply:
  1. Send an email to with the subject line: Diversity Scholars Award and attach your resume
  2. Follow the instructions above to complete an application for the GWS MBA Summer Associate Program. 



Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer Women/Minorities/Persons with Disabilities/US Veterans

Contact Committee Members


Chase Johnson

DSA, South Division

Alex Lloyd

DSA, East Division

Matt Kenny

DSA, Northeast Division




GWS MBA Summer Associate Program

Building Advantage for Young Leaders

As an MBA graduate, your ability to think analytically and strategically will bolster your professional performance. And your natural leadership skills will take you far in any role within our company.
Discover CBRE. We’re the perfect place for MBA graduates to grow and excel professionally. You’ll feel challenged. Invigorated. And motivated to achieve results like never before.
Summer Associate placement and specific responsibilities will be based on an individual’s area of concentration, strengths, interests, and the GWS business need. Responsibilities below are examples and will vary according to role:

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GWS Summer Associate Program

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