Hello, readers! Long time since my last post… and it seems that I write that every time I post. I will do my best to make sure that changes, but you will see as an MBA student (and summer intern) how busy things can get! Last time I wrote, I was looking for an internship and trying to figure out where to live for the summer. A lot has happened since then! I moved back to Houston for the summer and started my internship at Midway Companies on May 21st. Let me start from the beginning of my search…
Starting around November and December, the dreaded internship search began. For real estate internships, you really have to do all of the work yourself. For me, I generally knew what I wanted to do, so I started by paying attention to my surroundings. See a project being built that looks interesting? Look at the sign. Who is the developer? Google them. Find their website. Find a contact. Figure out how to contact them. That’s basically what I did.
So, how did I find Midway? Anyone who has lived in Houston is likely familiar with CITYCENTRE. It is a big new outdoor retail/office/hotel/restaurant center where the old Town & Country mall used to be. Really cool project, and mixed-use projects are exactly what I was looking for. So, I did my research. After about 6 or 7 guesses, combining first name with last initial, first name with last name, first initial underscore last name, etc etc… I finally didn’t get an “undeliverable” bounce-back message! Better yet… I even got a response from the development director that I had emailed!
We set up a meeting. My first visit to the Midway office was in early January. I knew it was a great fit. I had a great conversation with my now-boss and held out hope for the remainder of the semester. We met one more time in April so I could interview with the two other development directors. Two weeks later, I received and accepted my offer to spend my summer with Midway Companies.
Now I am well into my internship. I have been so busy that the time has just flown by. I am essentially assisting in the development of 2 new buildings out here at CITYCENTRE, as well as the tenant buildout projects going on in the various spaces. I love it. I love that there is a lot going on, I love managing multiple projects at once, I love that this is one of the coolest spots to work/live/shop/eat in Houston, and most importantly, I respect the people I work with and the company overall.
So, that’s my check-in for now! If you have emailed me and I haven’t responded, I seriously apologize. Email me again! Nag me until I respond! Adios.