Internships: Get job-ready

Our role supports both undergraduates and the property industry as a whole. We help to provide the industry with a continuous pool of smart well-trained graduates.

The Internship Program provides property students with opportunities to gain direct work experience within the industry, so they gain insight into the workings of the organisation, have the experience of directly interacting with industry professionals and develop a mindset of being job-ready.

Internships really give students an advantage in gaining their first industry employment. On occasion, an internship may directly lead to recruitment into the company that sponsored their internship.

Hear direct from the Interns

Matthew Brooks (Cygnet West)

My work experience placement at Cygnet West commenced in the Commercial Agency and Industrial Agency divisions. My primary responsibilities were to research and write information memorandums for a commercial property located in Herdsman, a local self-storage business portfolio, and an industrial property situated in High Wycombe. My next rotation was with the Commercial Leasing and Commercial Property Management divisions, providing research and analysis of 'for lease' property options as outlined by the client. I also reviewed a monthly variable outgoings budget, calculated the expenditure totals, and the annual totals for a Grade A office building located in the Perth CBD. My final rotation was with the Research and Advisory division. My final responsibilities were to read all the latest Cygnet West market quarterly update reports and then compiled a vacant and undeveloped land database of industrial properties situated in the northern suburbs of Perth.

Viktor Veljanoski (Stockland)

My experience at Stockland was great. I spent 2 weeks and I never had a boring day, the staff and teams were great to work with. The development managers were very engaging and friendly showing how the process works. I got the opportunity to be shown all of Stockland’s developments in Perth that they currently have. I also got opportunity to see townhouse development projects while spending the day with a project manager seeing what the job involves. The knowledge I took away was a better understanding of the development process and the different teams involved. Overall, my experience was great and I want to thank all the members at Stockland.

Viktor Veljanoski (Knight Frank)

My internship experience was great at Knight Frank, the first day I felt very welcome from all staff and members. I was working in the valuation team; they were great work with and gave me great insight into Property Valuations. The experience I received gave me a better understanding on the process from start to finish being from a valuer's perspective. The office environment and culture were very relaxed, supportive and engaging making it a good place to work. The insight knowledge was good and gave me a better understanding. Thank you to all members at Knight Frank.

Aiden Austen and Thomas Burfoot (JLL) Credit for Unit

Over the last 8 weeks, Tom and I have learned valuable knowledge about the property industry and how it operates. We were rotated through several departments within JLL which gave us great exposure and the ability to find our niches. We are both incredibly grateful to JLL and PEF for this opportunity and environment to be in.

Jordan Chinkuli (BankWest) Credit for Unit

In the 4 weeks of my internship at Bankwest as a trainee credit analyst, I was exposed to many different facets of their work and learned how the industry works in credit assessment. All the staff I encountered were incredibly helpful and make time for me despite their busy schedules.

This was an invaluable experience for me in experiencing such a great work culture and I am extremely grateful to PEF for setting up the work experience program.

Ken Cunningham (BankWest) Credit for Unit

During the winter University break I was delighted with the opportunity to complete an internship in Business Banking Department at BankWest. This great opportunity gave me a unique insight into the operating mechanics of a large bank and the internal workings of WA’s largest Property Finance team. During my time at BankWest, I worked as a Credit Analyst within the Property Finance team, managing clients and facilities ranging from $10m - $150m.

Throughout my work experience, I was able to combine both my financial and property academic backgrounds and apply the skills and knowledge from the classroom to a real-world working environment. I was able to develop my analytical problem-solving skills, financial system data entry and financial reporting skills and adapt these to a bank’s format of reporting.

I found this to be a particularly engaging learning experience as it offered a unique viewpoint on the banks perspective and the metrics used in determining risk, compared to the viewpoint often taught in the classroom of the customer.

Dean Weeks at JLL, June 2022 Credit for Unit

Firstly, a big thankyou to the Property Education Foundation for organising the internship, and to JLL for accepting me. Everybody I met at JLL during the internship was extremely welcoming and generous with their time and sharing their expertise. The experience was truly a career changing experience as it resulted with JLL offering me a full-time position as a Graduate Analyst in their Capital Market Division. I strongly recommend to anyone who is currently completing a degree that they take on any internships that are made available to them, as they are an excellent way to improve your knowledge and employability for post-university life.

**Pictured: (L to R) Katherine Cromie- Senior Director, Portfolio Management, Dean Weeks, Angelo Amara- Managing Director & Head of PAM Western Australia.

Julian Millimaci (Property Council of Australia)

My internship went very well. I had the opportunity to work with extremely intelligent and friendly professionals at the Property Council of Australia, who were very patient, inclusive and kind. Their instructions were clear and their projects were purposeful and relevant to my life and employment journey. They also invited me to important external events and projects, demonstrating the diversity of a role in this area. I am thankful for PEF for finding this opportunity for me and I’m grateful for PCA for teaching me many timeless skills.

Daniel Molina (Stockland)

The PEF internship allowed me to dip my toes in the property industry for the first time in my career. I was paired with one of WA’s biggest residential developers, Stockland. Although it was for 2 weeks, I learnt an incredible amount. From learning workplace terminology, learning how land is identified and learning the complex, intricate process of transitioning land into developments, the internship left me extremely fulfilled. It gave me the opportunity to network with professionals, who I still contact today. It was also fascinating to see how relevant the study is to the real world. This internship provided an invaluable platform to kick-start my career and solidified the fact I chose the right career path.

Thomas Burfoot (Colliers)

I really enjoyed my time at Collier’s. Being able to shadow 6 different departments at an organisation such as Collier’s was an incredible experience and it gave me a greater appreciation of the many different roles one can obtain from studying property. No two days were the same and I was lucky enough to get out of the office and tag along with staff to meetings and inspections, which was exciting to be a part of since I was able to transfer my classroom knowledge to real life situations . Everyone was extremely welcoming and I felt like an established part of the team quickly. Big thanks to PEF for organising it, it was an amazing time.

Nguyen Pham (Realmark)

5 words to describe my experience interning with Realmark: Genuine, Rewarding, Educational, Approachable, Talented.

Having no prior experience to property I am blessed to have Realmark delivering a comprehensive practical demonstration of what property management and sales is all about, which has informed me to make a consideration of property as a potential career choice in the future.

Megan Reyes (Stockland)

I was placed at Stockland for an Internship, I gained an overview of how development projects work successfully with a realistic perspective on the development process from planning a development to site visits of their many projects in Perth.

The Stockland team was very welcoming, accommodating, and knowledgeable. I was able to work with the development team but also got to spend some time with the project managing team exposing myself further to Construction management.

I learned so much about development in Perth and this internship has enabled me to gain extra skills professionally and academically. This internship was invaluable so a very huge thank you to Rowena Ong and the Property Education Foundation team for placing me with this internship. Also, a huge thank you to Stockland for providing me such a fantastic experience in such a short time.

Anna Monaghan (DevelopmentWA)

I am very grateful for the opportunity PEF arranged with DevelopmentWA, it was an incredible experience to see planning in action. Being placed with the planning team I was able to take part in many conversations and projects that has enabled me to grow as a person and expand my knowledge and understanding of planning. Everyone was extremely welcoming, supportive, and happy to share their experience and it has helped me with future career directions.

Viktor Veljanoski (Savills)

I want to thank Property Education Foundation for an internship placement with Savills over the winter break. The staff were very friendly and made me feel welcome, the experience I got from the sales and valuation teams was great. I got the opportunity to know what it’s like to work for a large international company while gaining experience in the valuation process. The knowledge has helped me with my university valuation units. I want to thank Savills for the opportunity which I enjoyed my time.

Mikhail Acebo (Primewest)

From June 24 to June 28, I had the pleasure of being a Work Experience Intern at Primewest office in Perth. I had the opportunity of observing their skilled staff members at work from Asset Management, Leasing, Site Inspections and Client Engagement. The people of Primewest are experienced and professionally competent at their work while bringing on board their personality to work. They encouraged me to ask questions regarding any areas that I’m not understanding clearly, and I am grateful for the time they’ve devoted to helping me during my stay at Primewest.

The growth of e-commerce has led to the growths of both logistics and industrial real estate which leads to the symbiotic relationships shared between the two industries.

Understanding both property development and logistics are two unique selling points in my career portfolio I can leverage on to stand out from the competition in the job market. I thank Primewest and Property Education Foundation for providing me this valuable work experience which will aid me in chosen career in Logistics & Transport industry. Thank you.

Ryan Tucker

From the 8th of July until the 2nd of August I completed a 4-week work experience internship through the collaboration of CBRE, PEF and Curtin university. The time I spent was with the CBRE – Project management team headed by Jess Garner. On day one Jess welcomed me to the team and took the time to have a one on one discussion about what I was hoping to achieve and learn from my career in property and time at CBRE. Jess’s managements style impressed me and highlighted CBRE’s core beliefs of Respect Integrity Service and Excellence. I was then scheduled coffee appointments, and shadowing opportunities to work with and see how the project management teams’ key objectives are met.

Initially I was shown the framework involved; from preconstruction, construction and close out, the role the project management team plays from defining project scope, initial stages of planning, site meetings with head contractors and contractors right through to practical completion.

The majority of my time was shadowing Justin Millar, who was managing a number of projects at any one time being called on from all angles providing stability to the projects.

I methodically reviewed agreements for lease to ensure the developer was providing the right construction specifications required by the tenant. I attended initial site meetings or walk throughs and simulated tender submissions through the matrix designed by CBRE. Some of my time at CBRE was looking through and understanding bank guarantees and the tender process along with the process required for the successful head contractor. I sat through a call with one of the lessees to understand some common build issues that can arise.

Overall my time was well spent, and I gained a wealth of knowledge from such a short time. my highlight from the experience was a company breakfast headed by Lincoln Delahunt who has set a very high example of the manager I aspire to one day be, He incorporates a triple bottom line into the company’s corporate responsibility, he took the time to speak to all levels of the company from the directors to interns and everybody loves a free break fast .

Kind regards Ryan Tucker.

Adam Perone (Stockland)

The Stockland team were extremely welcoming and provided endless opportunities to join in through meetings, site visits and research development for their current and future projects. It was very insightful and beneficial to see the day to day operations and decisions, of Property development, whether it ranged from planning new subdivisions to setting prices for newly released properties. I have gained an enormous amount of knowledge and learning experiences and I am extremely grateful for the time and effort that both PEF and Stockland have attributed to my internship experience. I would highly recommend any Property Studies student to engage with PEF for a placement opportunity into the Property Development industry as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Margarita Platonova (Stockland)

It was a fantastic experience, which allowed me to get in-depth understanding of the property industry. I have also learned how to apply my university knowledge of the property units to the real world by being involved in various residential and commercial Stockland projects across Perth. This internship helped me to gain a clear understanding regarding my future professional development.

Jasper Foo (LandCorp)

A huge thank you to PEF for organising an internship placement at Landcorp! The amazing experience has taught me so much and a great practical opportunity where I substantially grew my knowledge of property. No day was the same as I was given different challenging tasks in a professional environment. I particularly enjoyed being included in project briefings before meetings and site visits. It has strengthened my resolve to pursue a career in this vast and amazing field.

Kim Nguyen (LandCorp)

From the 8th July - 19th July I was placed at LandCorp where I was designated to the Industrial Land Authority sector. This opened up my mind to the magnitude of the industrial sector and the influence it has on the WA economy. Being placed here not only deepened my knowledge of the property sector but showed me a sector which I would love to work in.

Kaunda Shilengwe (LandCorp)

My Internship at LandCorp was a great experience. I was posted in the Metro team. They have never had an intern from Construction Management before, however, they had a huge multidisciplinary and made sure I was doing things relevant to my degree. I got to go on-site visits and attend work package completion meetings. Everyone in the Metro team ensured I had work to do, they involved me in their projects. Even the senior managers, including the CEO, gave me some time even just for a chat. Had an amazing learning experience.

Olivia Spano (LandCorp)

I am immensely grateful to both PEF and LandCorp for facilitating this truly wonderful experience. I was placed in the team lead by Damien Giudici who were incredibly welcoming, inclusive, committed to assisting me in learning new skills and understanding the industry. This was something I found to be a common thread amongst LandCorp staff highlighting that they are truly a supportive learning organisation.

During my placement in the Metropolitan North team I was exposed to a variety of projects, learning the ins and outs through attending meetings and visiting sites with guidance from project managers. All my questions was clearly answered. This enabled me to learn many valuable skills essential in the property industry. Lastly just being in the professional environment and having casual conversations about individual career paths, experiences and what a day in their role looks like was truly invaluable.

On the whole this was an amazing experience that enabled me to grow academically and professionally, by learning new skills, gaining industry experience and building professional networks. It greatly surpassed all my expectations.

Duangkamon Jittimanee (LandCorp)

I was very fortunate enough to be able to participate in many of the site visits, meetings and projects. I experience the different sides, roles and responsibilities, giving me an insight into the different career opportunities in the property industry. Our mentors and supervisors ensured that we were learning and building new and different skills. The overall experience was invaluable and will be very useful in the future.

Tayah Geneff (Landgate)

Thanks to the Property education Foundation, I was lucky enough to spend some time at Landgate in their Valuation department. It was an enriching experience and a fantastic opportunity to make industry connection. There were many highlights for me such as, learning about all the different aspect to the valuation department at Landgate, partaking in field trips to different sites during my time with the market valuation team and talking with all the staff and learning about their journeys in the property industry. I feel the placement will become an invaluable experience when I start my first valuation unit next semester as I have started to understand some of the terms within the Valuation Act.

Keryn Weller (Savills)

The internship was insightful and eye opening.  It gave me the knowledge that I would not have attained in university.  Everyone was very helpful and welcoming at Savills.  It gave a professional insight to the industry I would like to enter into in the future.

Sekela Mushani (Savills)

They gave me an overview of what it's like to work in the industrial sector and made me feel like I was part of the team. I got the opportunity to work on some listings, observe how deals are made and learnt the importance of information and relationships with clients.

Laura Murray (Savills)

During my time at Savills I gained insightful knowledge and experience while shadowing the Savills valuation team. Paul Bradstreet was an excellent mentor, with over 20 years of experience in the industry, his advice and coaching was invaluable. As part of my time at the firm I practiced; industrial and rural valuation reports, we also learnt how to thoroughly research property markets and as well as this we inspected several rural properties. Overall I cannot thank Savills enough for allowing me and other students the opportunity to come into their firm and learn from their valuation team. They treated us as one of their own and it has provided me with irreplaceable industry experience and networks.

Jasper Foo (Savills)

I completed valuations throughout the experience and luckily managed to squeeze in a day of non-stop site visits. Being from a non-valuations background, it undoubtedly was a steep learning curve but an amazing one at that. Thank you so much to PEF and Savills for the experience.

Renata Yap (UDIAWA)

During the university winter vacation period, my work placement at UDIA was a wonderful learning experience for me, an urban planning student starting to enter the industry. This experience has opened up various dimensions of planning and urban development that I would have never encountered. I will always cherish this one of a kind opportunity in a supportive and collaborative environment, working with outstanding high achieving individuals at UDIA.

Kim Nguyen (UDIAWA)

Thank you very much to the Property Education Foundation and Rowena Ong for securing me 2 placements during the July 2019 university break. From the 24th June - 5th July I was placed at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) where I learned the dynamics of intense data research to address the issue of housing affordability within the Greater Perth Area. I also learned how to apply the skills I attained from past property units and instilled in me the importance of applying prior knowledge to real-world examples.

Chris Chesky (Mirrabooka SC)

My time with the JLL team at Mirrabooka Square shopping centre was extraordinary and exceeded my expectations tenfold.

I was given first-hand experience in all the areas that make a shopping centre run successfully, including managing tenancies, lease administration, marketing and promotions, operations and strategic planning.

The opportunities that lie amidst the retail and property sectors are profound and something overlooked by many (myself included prior to the internship). There is so much that goes into running a centre that you cannot learn at university.

Not only was I made to feel a part of the team, I was tasked with real responsibilities and learned so much in such a short period of time. I would like to thank Rowena Ong, Allana Edwards and all her team for providing me with this fantastic experience that I will not forget.

Adrien Raad (Belmont Forum)

I really want to thank the Property Education Foundation and the Management Team at Belmont Forum for the fantastic experience I had in July. Everyone took the time out of their busy days to show me the day to day operations of the centre, and ensure I understood what it is they do. The team made me feel welcome and included, and I am very thankful for the experience they provided me with.

During my time at Belmont Forum, I spent time in each of their departments, including management, marketing and financials, as well as being a part of several important meetings. I made some great connections during the week and look forward to meeting with them all again in the near future.

Kenneth Bisheuvel (Realmark Commercial)

Thank you to the Property Education Foundation who set me up with the team at Realmark who have given me a great deal of insight into what goes on with both the residential and commercial side of real estate and how different they both really can be. They let me sit in on important meeting’s and site visits which gave me a realistic perspective of working in real estate. It was a great pleasure to meet the people who work in the industry and for me to learn a great amount of knowledge that has also confirmed to me more so that real estate is the path I want to take going forward.

Adrien Raad (Realmark Commercial)

A big thank you to the Property Education Foundation and the team at Realmark Commercial! It was a great learning experience. I was warmly welcomed and each took time out of their busy schedules to ensure I was fitting in and learning as much as possible. I met many new people both within and outside of the company, and truly appreciate their efforts. My time at Realmark included several site visits which gave me a hands-on view into what is involved in the sale, leasing and management of both residential and commercial property. I was also involved in several meetings with clients which gave me an invaluable insight into the world of real estate.

I want to thank the Property Education Foundation and the team at Realmark Commercial for providing me with this experience which I feel will greatly help me with my studies and has introduced me to many fantastic people in the industry.

Clement Lee (Primewest)

Primewest welcomed me with opened arms and walked me through the process and purpose of each tasks I was assigned which I found really insightful and valuable. The exposure and experience I’ve gain throughout this internship allowed me to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the industry. I found this internship really useful in developing a conscious for the necessary actions I have to take in order to achieve the career I wish to pursue in.

Natasha Bowron (LandCorp)

Thanks to the Property Education Foundation and LandCorp I was lucky enough to undertake a two-week internship at LandCorp working with the Regional South Team. During my time there I was able to apply some of the skills I have learned so far at university to real life developments that LandCorp are undertaking. Along with furthering my understanding on many property related concepts that I am yet to learn about at university.

The team at LandCorp were very welcoming and took valuable time out of their schedules to speak with me, invite me to meetings and take me out on various site visits across Perth and the South West. Being able to speak with the current graduates at LandCorp also helped me to understand more about what the grad program involves ready for when I finish university should that be a pathway I wish to possibly pursue.

Thank you again to LandCorp and PEF for making this great opportunity possible."

Natasha Bowron (Landgate)

I would like to thank both Landgate and the Property Education Foundation for making the six-day internship I completed at Landgate possible. The experience and knowledge I have gained from my time spent in the many sections of the valuation department within the company was truly invaluable.

I was exposed to all facets of the Valuation department and was lucky enough to go out on two site visits one with the Specialist Valuations Market team and the second with one of the Rating and Tax teams. Both site visits provided me with insight and understanding into the practical side of a valuation role which was very interesting to me. I am sure the learning gained during my internship will help me going forward when I start to learn more about the valuations side of my degree at Curtin University.

Natasha Bowron (Realmark Commercial)

Thanks to the Property Education Foundation! The internship I undertook at Realmark Commercial was very insightful and a great opportunity to gain further understanding on another sector of the property industry.

The staff were very welcoming and took the time to go through some of the regular jobs they do, along with taking me on site inspections with them. My knowledge on Strata, Commercial and Residential Management has most definitely been broadened through this internship opportunity at Realmark Commercial.

Leighton Bradfield (Landcorp)

The internship experience for me was extremely valuable. I learnt practical knowledge about the industry that theory would not be able to teach. The experience helped me solidify that property development was the career I wanted to pursue. Key take outs were: onsite visits, team building, report writing and career coaching.

Caitlin Newton (Mark Hay)

My internship at Mark Hay has been beneficial to me by providing an insight into the industry that I previously did not have. I have learnt about sales, strata management, and property management in depth, and the programs and software used in real estate. Everything I’ve learnt has broadened my knowledge of property and the topics I’ve been studying at Curtin, helping me to understand how I might be involved in property as a valuer in the future. I’ve also met some great people that I hope to work with when I graduate.

Nadav Strum (Primewest)

As a Property and Finance student, Property Education Foundation has been very helpful in providing me a suitable placement for my field of study at Primewest where I was given the opportunity to gain practical experience in Property finance and Asset management. This opportunity has also enabled me to meet property leaders such as Julian Lodge from Primewest and network with various industry professionals who have given me an insight into their company’s culture. Overall, I am very grateful for the opportunity PEF provided me as it’s given me a kickstart to my career in the property industry.

Nicholas Dormer (Realmark Commercial)

I would firstly like to that the Property Education Foundation and Realmark Commercial for organising the experience and for having me for the duration of the internship. All the employees warmly welcomed me in the office and took time out of their busy schedules to talk to me and to include me in on meetings and site inspections.  

While I was there, I also took part in some data collection and analysis. Part of my role was to collect and identifying the past 12 months of recent commercial sales across Perth and interpreting what the data suggests, highlighting common trends and suburbs with recent high transactions. This information was then used by the team at Realmark to identify what and where these sales were taking place. 

Thank you again PEF and Realmark Commercial for having me I had a valuable and an enjoyable time and looking forward to potentially seeing the team at Realmark at a future PEF event.

Ernest Dwyer (Mirrabooka Square)

Mirrabooka Centre management allowed me to put what I’ve learned in university into action. Getting hands on experience in operations, marketing and tenancies helped my understanding and confidence within the industry. I strongly recommend this program to other property students as it’s a great way to network. Thanks o Rowena and Allana Edwards for the opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of managing Mirrabooka SC. It came as a surprise to how much work goes into centre management ranging from strategic asset planning, operations through to community engagement. I will never look at a shopping centre the same again. The staff are funny as well.

Thomas Egger (Landcorp)

Between the 2nd and 6th of July I was lucky enough to spend a week interning at LandCorp. I was assigned to the Regional North team and was exposed to the wide variety of the projects they are currently working on through talking to each of the project managers, attending meetings and going out on site. The team, led by Paul Ferrante were very welcoming and helpful in terms of getting me involved and taking the time to explain things to me (e.g. concepts of property, meeting objectives) in a way that made sense. This was very important to me as I have not yet commenced my property studies at university, so my technical knowledge is fairly limited. All the explanations, therefore, made the week much more beneficial and enjoyable as I got a better sense of what the job is really about and that is what I was most wanting to take away from the experience. This was furthered by talking to team members on more casual topics such as their career paths and what their day-to-day looks like. There were certain people I spent time with that I will definitely keep contact with into the future as they offered to assist and advise me with university and beyond. All in all, it was a very positive experience that surpassed my expectations and I would definitely recommend future internship placements at LandCorp.

Scott Tompkins (Mark Hay)

I have just finished my placement at Mark Hay. I had a really great time there, everyone was very friendly and accommodating. It gave me a really good insight into working at a real estate agent and provided me with two e-books to enhance my knowledge which was really great. Some of the stuff I learnt was not as relevant to what I study at Uni. It would be an excellent placement for someone that wanted to become a real estate agent as they had a strong focus on sales. I found the most beneficial aspect was watching how Mark conducts himself to clients and his staff. 
I have attached a photo of me at a home open I was taken too in King street in Perth which was a really cool experience 🙂 

Wing Yu Tsim and Ryan Hobbs (Savills)

PEF arranged a valuable opportunity for me to have a head start in my career. I had 2 weeks internship in Savills during my semester break, where I gained a lot of knowledge through real work experience. This internship allowed me to explore working in two different departments, sales & leasing and valuation. It has given me a clearer idea where I want to be in the future and practical experience is so much more fun than studying your lecture notes!

Karis Vitas (Primewest & Realmark Commercial)

My experience with Primewest and Realmark Commercial was nothing but positive. I really appreciated the specific exercises in commercial leasing. I was provided with the opportunity to attend meetings, property walkthroughs, and to liaise with companies such as Jones Lang LaSalle and Knight Frank. 

This experience has helped me to confirm I've made the right decisions, and I am excited to move forward with my career. Thank you for helping me facilitate this choice. 

Fletcher Wolpers and Vimbiso Kuhudzai (Landgate)

We both had a great 2 weeks. Seeing every facet of the valuation side of the business was really interesting. Highlights was going out in the field and learning the practical side to valuation. I went to Waneroo, Perth CBD and hocking. We learnt heaps of info which will benefit us for next semester. Content that we can carry over to our units. I highly recommend you continue with Landgate if you can. All the staff were so friendly and supportive especially Vanessa our coordinator.

Yi Feng Zhang (Landcorp)

Thanks to PEF and Landcorp for the internship opportunity! To be able to witness first hand as well as receiving the practical teaching, I have gained invaluable experience and knowledge within the property development industry, observing the extensive processes along with minor details that go into every single project has made me appreciate the complexities of the industry.
The key take outs of the experience were regular face to face meetings with various contractors and onsite inspections. The internship program has helped me paint a clear picture of property development, a future career worth pursuing.

Ernest Dwyer and Blake Blinco (Landgate)

In regards to the work experience itself, it was fantastic, I had no idea the scope Landgate covered, the work they do is so vast.

Simply learning what they do as a whole and learning how they operate was great experience. For myself, and Ernest as well I believe, a lot of the content we learnt was a bit about our level as we haven’t undertaken any valuation units yet, but by the end of it, we understood much more than we did when we first started and will be that step above our peers at uni this semester when learning about it. 

In regards to the people there, they’re fantastic, very friendly and welcoming, and everyone took some time to learn about who we are and how we’ve gotten to where we are, and they all took the time out of their day to spend with us to make it worthwhile.

One thing we did learn while there however, is that they don’t employ students, they only take on employees who have completed their degree. I made some great connections while there, so if I choose to apply for Landgate After uni, i believe these may help! It is however a little disappointing we can’t apply to work there throughout uni, whereas some other placements may have had some possible opportunities stem from them (I’m not sure of this, but just a thought). 

Again, I just wanted to thank you and PEF again, it was a great experience and hope there are more to come! 

Natasha Bowron (Belmont Forum)

I would like to say a big thank you to Alexandra McAuliffe and the Management Team at Belmont Forum Shopping Centre for the incredible opportunity of learning the dynamics of running a shopping centre of this magnitude. It was really interesting learning the work involved in running a large shopping centre and how intricately a team with many different departments all gel together so well. I was able to experience the behind the scenes of the marketing department especially in this exciting time of their redevelopment. Also the financial management and leasing side of the centre, along with engaging in customer facing jobs such as speaking with tenants and shoppers. It really was invaluable experience for me. Also a big thank you to Rowena and the Property Education Foundation for giving me the opportunity to complete an internship with JLL at Belmont Forum.

I also wanted to let you know that the experience for me was very good. The team at Belmont really put in a lot of effort to show and explain everything and anything that came up along the way to ensure that I got something valuable out of the experience. Instead of just giving me any old office jobs like photo copying or scanning they gave be a wide range of jobs from both the marketing side of things like helping out with their new Fresh Food Development launch and organising schedules from feedback from shops, and the Finance side of updating and entering financial information into a spreadsheet for them. I was invited on the Tuesday morning to attend their monthly meeting which was extremely eye opening for me as I have never been to a proper meeting before and following that I went on the walk around the entire shopping centre with the Manager from JLL and the rest of the management team to assess any problems or things that need fixing. The team also showed me through the construction site of their redevelopment and explained who was going in where and how things will be working when its all open. Overall it was an amazing opportunity and I can't thank you all enough for this internship.

Gurvir Grewal and Sekela Mushani (Savills)

In July I had the opportunity for a 2 week internship with Savills. Not only was this experience rewarding in terms of teaching me the skills needed for a valuation type position, but also allowed me to gain strong industry connections and network with established players in the property industry.

During my time with company, I was taken to conduct a property inspection on a commercial property. In this inspection I was taught key things to look for, not only in the property itself, but also in surrounding area to establish a sense of the market. These little tips would have gone unnoticed if I weren't accompanied by a experienced valuer. In essence this was the best part of the internship, learning skills from someone whose been in the industry for many years.

I would, without a doubt recommend this opportunity to anyway studying property, and is looking to gain experience, knowledge and connections in the property world.

- Gurvir Grewal

I would like to thank Rowena Ong for helping me get work experience at Savills I really appreciate it. The people there where amazing, I have never meet people so nice in my life at a work place, they were helpful and made me feel like I was part of them. My time there also opened my eyes as to what I would want to do as a career as well as understand the different sectors in property and what is really involved in them.

- Sekela Mushani

The Aims of the PEF Internship Program

  • To provide support and encouragement to undergraduates who have chosen a career path in the property industry
  • To develop a functional program with industry organisations
  • To provide students and industry organisations valuable opportunities to meet and interact with each other.

Types of internship

1. Mid-year program (minimum 5 working days)

The programme timetable coordinates with the university winter semester break.

Application opens from 1st – 30th April of each year. To apply for a placement, email your CV, academic reports, contact phone number and working email address to secretariat@pef.org.au.

Successful applicants will be notified before 31st May and must then immediately obtain insurance cover by contacting Curtin University Student Engagement Division.

2. Credit for Unit program (1 Unit = 25 credits, 100 -120 hrs)

Applicants must first ascertain their eligibility from the Work Integrated Learning Coordinator before submitting an application. We currently coordinate with

  • BankWest who accepts 1 student each in February, May and August
  • JLL accepts who accepts 2 students each in May and September

Watch this space for opening dates.

3. NEW – LONGER PLACEMENTS

(Under Development, Federal Government Funded)

  • 2 Units = 50 credits, 200 – 300 hours
  • 3 Units = 75 credits, 300 – 600 hour
  • 4 Units = Up to 100 degree credits, 450 – 600 hours

Note to Scholarship Holders:

Scholarship recipients are automatically included in the internship program, and will be allocated as an intern at the organisation sponsoring their scholarship (unless otherwise indicated).