What I liked
My experience as an Intern, current Ambassador, and Program Lead at Project Destined was monumental. It’s like Shark Tank, so our team (Brookfield Properties D.C.) of about 15 students pitched a fictional property to professionals in the real estate industry in order to get them to invest in it through competitions. My team was actually Division Champions, and we made it to 3rd place in the National Competition out of about 20 total sponsored teams.
Because of Project Destined, I updated my resume, I used to barely have any experiences, but now I don’t have enough space on the page! I realized the power of LinkedIn, I connected with random professionals in all types of industries. I got experience in corporate outreach and market research, I would contact real estate executives from companies and organizations to partner with Project Destined. I did this because I wanted to grow and expand the program. I completed a master class on Financial Modeling, where we built a pro forma, and I’m doing many other Bridge Programs as well.
Personally, before I did the internship, I knew absolutely nothing about real estate. Now, I am extremely interested in it, and will have a career in affordable housing. In 2022, I was a staff member as a Communications Manager. Moreover, I completed Project Destined's Affordable Housing Development Program, as well as the CBRE HBCU Bridge Program, among many others, all of which students receive stipends. Also, I became a Co-Lead for that same CBRE Program in 2023, where we led 40+ Fellows from 15+ HBCUs. We have had multiple Student Ambassador pep rallies, where we discuss the many methods of reaching out to students to apply for the upcoming cohorts.
Project Destined started with 15 students in Detroit, led by CEO & Co-Founder, Cedric Bobo. Now, we have impacted over 5,000 students worldwide and still growing!