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Paid summer internships targeting women and people from historically underrepresented groups

Launch Academy - Experiential Learning and Internship Program

Launch Academy is an experiential learning program for students who are from underrepresented backgrounds to learn more about the development and management of retail real estate. Women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students from various academic backgrounds – ranging from finance to philosophy – have leveraged this program to secure summer internships as well as full-time positions after graduation.

Click here to apply and learn more.


  • Access to exclusive summer internship opportunities
  • 30+ hours of virtual Industry-focused education, including:
    • Interview and resume support
    • Carefully curated pre-internship education
    • Networking and special activities throughout the Summer
  • An industry mentor
  • Travel and relocation assistance (based on financial need)
  • ICSC student membership, including discounted event registration

Application Requirements 

  • Complete application
  • Resume
  • College transcript (showing minimum 2.5 GPA)
  • Essay: In 150–300 words, express your interest in retail real estate

Applicant Journey

  1. Apply to Launch Academy.
  2. Get accepted via email and register for Launch Academy pre-internship program (approximately 4 hours).
  3. Complete the pre-internship program and pass subsequent exam.
  4. Receive access to exclusive internship opportunities.
  5. Start applying for internships through provided link.
  6. Check your email regularly for invitations to interview from sponsor companies.
  7. Congratulations – you’re hired!
  8. Continue your internship preparation through Launch Academy webinars and virtual learnings sessions.
  9. Your internship begins.

Click here to apply and learn more.

Interested candidates are encouraged to reach out to Mattie Schloetzer at or Kelli Brevard at