Project Destined, Walker & Dunlop And Greystar Launch Innovative Internship Program For Underserved Students in Middle School, High School And University
Walker & Dunlop, Inc., in partnership with Project Destined and Greystar, a global leader in the investment, development, and management of high-quality rental housing properties, today announced a unique new paid internship program for students from diverse backgrounds. Launching in Durham, North Carolina, the three-year program prioritizes early education by targeting a wide range of age groups; from middle school to university. Walker & Dunlop and Greystar will be integral to the internship, providing students with the opportunity to work with leading commercial real estate firms, where live transactions will help participants gain real-world experience.
The program is administered by Project Destined, a social impact education and investment platform that specializes in training underserved youth, and is available to students attending Global Scholars Academy Middle School, Hillside High School, and North Carolina Central University. Project Destined has worked with over 900 students since its founding, and has internship programs in Detroit, Memphis, London, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, as well as the Bronx and Baltimore. The organization was co-founded by Cedric Bobo, a former Carlyle executive and investment banker.
“This internship builds on our longstanding partnerships with Walker & Dunlop and Greystar, two of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in commercial real estate, to create meaningful change in the D&I space,” commented Mr. Bobo. “We believe it is critical to provide learning and professional development opportunities to students – especially early on in their educational development – and we couldn’t be happier to partner with Walker & Dunlop and Greystar to make this program possible.”
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“At Walker & Dunlop, we believe that racial and social justice in America begins with education and opportunity. Having financed millions of safe, affordable apartment homes, we understand the direct correlation between vibrant, integrated communities, and economic growth,” stated Willy Walker, Chairman and CEO of Walker & Dunlop. “This internship program provides a critical educational experience – and access to industry leaders – that can transform the career opportunities for these students. It is an honor to deepen our partnership with Project Destined with the launch of this internship program in Durham.”
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