Summer Graduate Intern

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Summer internship

SB Friedman is a development consulting firm with a mission to guide and enable our clients to create high-quality places through the practice of real estate economics, development finance and urban planning. We assist in the planning and implementation of complex public-private real estate development projects. We work closely with our clients to evaluate development potential and financial and business impacts; project market and financial feasibility; identify innovative public-private development solutions; and prepare implementable development strategies. The firm works nationally with a focus on the Midwest. Clients include various major cities, suburbs, metropolitan planning organizations and other public bodies, not-for-profit institutions and private developers.

SB Friedman is seeking a summer graduate intern with an interest in economic development, real estate development finance and public-private partnerships. The graduate intern will be responsible for research, quantitative and qualitative analysis and data synthesis.

No specific project is contemplated at this time. The intern will work closely with managers and Associates, and is anticipated to have an opportunity to work on a variety of projects, potentially including economic development policy research, market analysis in support of planning projects, financial feasibility analysis of proposed development projects, spatial analysis related to a range of projects, value capture for infrastructure, tax projections and/or fiscal and economic impact analysis.

Interns are fully integrated in the firm, participating in weekly firmwide meetings, brownbag lunches, social events and other activities.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Academic or professional experience in quantitative analysis (demographic, economic, real estate market analysis, or other) and strong quantitative skills, particularly in Excel.
  • Experience in or familiarity with real estate development finance (such as CUPPA’s Development Finance course) (preferred).
  • Experience with GIS (minimum of one masters level course or equivalent in undergraduate coursework).
  • Detail orientation and a focus on accuracy.

Other Details

This is a paid internship. The start date is negotiable (early May is preferred).

We anticipate there being 20-40 hours of work over 4-5 days per week.

All applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status or an unfavorable discharge from military service.

How to Apply 

Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample (in PDF format) to Please include “Summer Graduate Intern” in the subject line.

Writing samples should be primarily authored by the applicant; if a team project is submitted, clearly indicate the responsibilities and contributions of the applicant. Incomplete submittals or submittals in other formats may not be considered or reviewed.