Property Management Pathway

Introducing youth from communities of color to upwardly-mobile, living-wage careers within the residential real estate industry.


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.

  • Tracey Montilus, Greater Washington, DC  – Gates Hudson Intern, Class of 2021

Property Management Pathway

In fall 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, real estate companies and grantmakers joined forces with Urban Alliance to launch the Urban Alliance Property Management Pathway. This new career pathway connects high school students with paid, real-world work experience, experienced mentors, and industry training in leasing and maintenance with the goal of supporting their transition to part- or full-time work within the industry after graduation.

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


How does the program work?

For Students

The Property Management Pathway (PMP)  provides high school seniors in Urban Alliance’s High School Internship Program with Urban Alliance’s core professional skills training as well as industry training certified by the National Apartment Association. Interns can choose a pathway in either leasing or maintenance and earn a Certified Apartment Leasing Professional (CALP) credential or a Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) credential.  The program is open to students enrolled in any of Urban Alliance’s Greater DC region partner schools or school districts.

Get Involved


Students: Apply for the High School Internship Program here.


Employers: Email Erica Myers, Director of External Partnerships, at

For Employers

Local residential real estate firms have the opportunity to build a diverse talent pipeline. Select from a diverse group of highly trained young adults just starting their careers for leasing or maintenance internships within your company. 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. Companies 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  


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