The Virginia Association of REALTORS® — following the initiative of its Leadership Academy — has partnered with Virginia Tech to launch a new student internship program for real estate students.

Eighty-two brokers from across the commonwealth have signed up to participate, covering specialties such as residential, commercial, land, and property management.

This program is designed to give students seeking a degree in real estate an opportunity to obtain first-hand, practical knowledge of the industry through direct exposure to day-to-day operations of brokerages across the state, benefiting both the student and the firm.

Benefits to the students include bridging the gap between classroom theory and real world application, discovering specific areas of interest within the field, and developing a professional network.

Brokers are put in the path of recruitment opportunities, cooperation with young, creative minds, enhancement of the REALTOR® community involvement, and promoting professionalism at the start of a student’s career.

The program was designed by VAR and Virginia Tech, working with both real estate professionals and university faculty.

VAR is looking forward to the first year of its internship program with Virginia Tech and its students, and we’re looking forward to growing our partnerships with all Virginia universities to help and support the future of real estate in Virginia.