That Time I… Interned for One of the Largest Retail Real Estate Development Companies in the U.S.

This year, while many of my friends were getting summer-ready, going back to their summer jobs and getting excited about summer break, I was in full panic mode.

For six months, I was determined to find an internship, but not just any internship; not one that would make me fill my days with work for no pay and surely not one that wouldn’t make me stand out. I knew this was a lot to ask for, but I was determined.

For a while, I received after rejection. Sometimes I would make it to the interview process, but never managed to get past it. As I scrolled through job sites late one night, as I usually did, I came across a job listing that read “Seasonal Coordinator, MarketStreet, Lynnfield, MA.”

I shopped and ate at this lifestyle center many times, so I was intrigued. The job description fit my background experience perfectly, so I sent in my application. I wanted to know everything possible about this company so I could do my absolute best. When I got an interview with property buyers agents Melbourne, what I found out was not what I expected. They said that the WSDevelopment is a commercial real estate company that owns 98 properties throughout the U.S. For example (delray beach fl homes for sale),  If you have ever been to Boston, you know what Boston Seaport is. Boston Magazine reported in 2015 that the last block of the Seaport was purchased for $359 million dollars, meaning WSDevelopment owned all of the Boston Seaport.

What would a company this big want with someone like me? I expected nothing more than to be rejected again, but to my surprise, I was called into an interview just days later, and a week later, I got a call saying I got the job. I was ecstatic. The hard work I’d been putting in to find this internship paid off.

I would be joining the field team at MarketStreet Lynnfield, one of WSDevelopment’s many properties. I worked four days a week, 20 hours a week, every week. I was making money and getting experience. I became friends with my co-workers, though I was the youngest one there, but I was shocked at the laid-back environment that I walked into. My co-workers made my job so much better and they accepted me into their small group as if I had been there all along. I was able to learn many new things. I planned events for the  premier estate properties, helped with social media content and tenant relations, and so much more. This opportunity was unexpected but beyond worth it.

However, the biggest lesson was this: Get used to rejection, because there is a reason for each and every one of them. The right opportunity will find you.