Real Estate Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Introducing young adults to upwardly-mobile, living-wage careers within the real estate industry.

Tracey Montilus Gates Hudson Intern, Class of 2021, Greater Washington, DC This program is really teaching me where my future is going to align. It’s teaching me everything I feel like I need to progress and everything I will need in the future to succeed … Honestly, I don’t know where I would be if I was not in this program.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the fall of 2020, real estate companies, and grant makers joined forces with Urban Alliance to launch the Urban Alliance Property Management Pathway (now the Real Estate Pre-Apprenticeship program). This new career pathway connects high school students, and Urban Alliance alumni with paid, real-world work experience, experienced mentors, and industry training in leasing and maintenance to support their transition to part- or full-time work within the industry. 

Watch this video featuring alumni Marquise Matthews and Travis Robertson sharing their program experience and working full-time in the property management industry.

Case Study

The Impact of Jair Lynch Real Estate partners and Urban Alliance’s Real Estate Pre-Apprenticeship program

Case Study

The Impact of Avanath and Urban Alliance’s Real Estate Pre-Apprenticeship program

John Doe
Jair Lynch Jair Lynch, President & CEO of Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, Greater DC "As an Urban Alliance Property Management Pathway Partner, we have witnessed firsthand the opportunities provided to students through internships, career readiness training, and exposure to the CRE field."

How does the program work?

For Students 

The Real Estate Pre-Apprenticeship program (formerly named the Property Management Pathway program) provides students internships in the leasing or service technician field with residential properties with the goal to secure full-time employment following program completion.  Leasing students learn about the management side of the industry while service techs work hands-on with the grounds crew. This pathway is paired with industry credentials by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and Project Destined, a virtual Real Estate training program where our students leave the course with a full understanding of the industry and college credits from Lehman College-CUNY.

  • The Real Estate Pre-Apprenticeship program is part of our High School Internship Program. Interested students can apply here
For Employers

As an Urban Alliance job partner, local residential real estate firms have the opportunity to build a diverse talent pipeline. After completing certification training, students will begin 6-8 month internships, working 12 hours per week during the school year and 32 hours per week after graduation. Our job partners will get the first opportunity to hire interns at the conclusion of the program.

Inaugural Funders and Partners

 AKA     |     Bell     |     Bernstein Management Corporation     |     Bonaventure     |     Bozzuto Group     |     The Diane & Norman Bernstein Foundation     |     Fairfield     |     Flock DC     |     Gables     |     Gates Hudson     |     Greystar     |     Horning Brothers     |     JBG Smith     |     LCOR     |     Pension Real Estate Association Foundation     |     Penzance     |     Somerset     |     Van Metre     |     Washington Housing Conservancy

Thank you to founding partners the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, the Bernstein Management Corporation, and the Pension Real Estate Association Foundation (PREA).

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