Ranking firms to target coming out of Undergraduate

Hello all,

I have been cold emailing and organizing calls starting with alumni from my school. I am close to graduating. I would like to work as a real estate analyst. I think getting work in a development or acquisitions role would be helpful because I have no experience in real estate. It seems that many are very receptive to getting on a call. I would like to break into a good company if I am able, but I want to give myself as many chances as possible if that is possible. What companies would be best to organize calls for and try to break into? I have no experience in CRE, but my resume is polished enough to possibly get my foot in the door. I would like to work for a firm that specializes in development. I am open to suggestions to any commercial real estate companies in general though. Thank you for reading, and if you have any other guidance feel free to share.

Thanks for the help,


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Mar 12, 2021 - 11:19am


I would like to work as a real estate analyst. I think getting work in a development or acquisitions role would be helpful because I have no experience in real estate. 

Ah, undergrad with no experience in real estate!  Makes it easier:

Ozymandia's Top Development/Acquisition Shops:

1. N/A

No development shop will hire you, not with your attitude or total lack of qualification.  You may not realize this, but hiring managers understand that "I want to go to the most prestigious firm out of undergrad" is code for "I want you to train me and give me your stamp of approval so I can leave for a better and higher paying opportunity with your competitors after you've spent time, money, and other resources making me into a competent developer."

This isn't banking.

Mar 12, 2021 - 11:30am

Here is how to rank...

1. The firm that actually makes you an offer

You just need to start where ever you can, all that matters is you get in the game. Whether at a development or principal shop or real estate services or even banking/lending, you just need to get exposure and experience. 

Careers in real estate are far less linear than say I-banking, so really, just do the best you can. You have the right idea, contact alum and work like hell. 

You may also want to seek post-graduation internships, can be a smart move if you don't have prior internship experience and/or do not have a full-time offer in hand. 

Mar 13, 2021 - 11:37am

I don't think you can go wrong with one of the big brokerages if you're in a more analytical position (investment sales, capital markets, debt/structured finance). The biggest thing is going to be working a position that you can get deal experience. Can you specify what aspect of development you're interested in?

Mar 13, 2021 - 1:46pm

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