Real Estate Finance & Community Development Diversity Internship

Location: Washington, DC
Job Summary:

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with its subsidiary, the National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC), announces the Tony Goldman Internship for Diversity in Preservation & Community Development. Tony Goldman was a foundational board member of both the National Trust and NTCIC, and is known for having created a legacy of diversity and inclusion. The Tony Goldman Internship was created to honor his work in cultivating diversity in the fields of historic preservation, real estate finance, and community development. We are seeking intern candidates from communities historically underrepresented in historic preservation and/or real estate finance who will help increase the diversity—racial, ethnic, cultural, generational, and socio-economic—of professionals in real estate finance, contributing a wider range of perspectives and enriching the professional climate.

National Trust internships are short-term, voluntary experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $1,500 to help offset expenses. Ideal dates for this internship are July 5 – July 28, 2017, but are flexible.


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected tax credit syndication professionals in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading non-profit advocacy organizations and community development entities. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Washington, D.C. Office internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • New Markets Tax Credit application process
  • Acquisitions and origination
  • Project management
  • Asset management
  • Public policy at the state and federal levels

This National Trust intern will work closely with NTCIC to become familiar with federal historic tax credit, new markets tax credit, and solar tax credit syndication, and will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to projects that support the mission of preservation and community investment and development. Specifically, the intern will:

  • Attend a site visit with NTCIC’s Asset Management team, meet with developers, and help determine potential risks for the project
  • Review underwriting materials to develop an understanding of financial structuring; analyze materials and help draft content for Investment Committee memoranda
  • Request data and conduct interviews with community partners. Summarize data and draft narratives for use in internal and external materials.
  • Help prepare materials for legislative meetings.
  • Research and analyze state tax incentive programs.
  • Some basic knowledge of and interest in real estate finance.
  • Availabilty for 30 hours per week for a minimum of 4 weeks preferred.
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in engagement of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, constituents and partners preferred; ties to diverse communities, affinity groups or professional organizations are a plus.
  • Ability to speak, read and write in Spanish or other language as well as English at a professional or conversational level is a plus.
    Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel. Familiarity with other software a plus [CoStar, GIS, financial modeling].
  • Graduate level studies (or equivalent years of experience) preferred; current or rising seniors considered. Studies or demonstrated interest in related subject matter required, e.g. real estate, finance, business, public policy.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.
  • Some travel required.


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The National Trust Community Investment Corporation is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.