This article was originally published in Carey REIA’s 13th newsletter (21 April 2020).
As we are more than halfway in Spring 2, some of us are heading toward our graduation. It is not too late to join a professional association and still get a student rate membership. Membership in an association brings a wealth of benefits, including networking, which is crucial for an early careerist and future development. See which fits you the best!
Urban Land Institute | Student Membership ~ $123 (annual)
The oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts. A diverse group of 45,000 members across 81 nations. Benefits include access to its library content, event discounts, job listings, and local chapters. Join here.
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors | Student Membership: Free
A global professional body – with over 134,000 members – that administers and enforces professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction, and infrastructure. Join here.
CoreNet Global | Student Membership: $25 (Apr-Dec 2020)
A non-profit association representing 11,000 members in 50 countries with strategic responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations to advance the practice of corporate real estate. Join here.
Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) | Student Membership (annual): $69 (DC+MD) or $30 (MD)
NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. It comprises 19,000 members throughout North America. Membership is based on geographic chapter, but it is transferable. Join here.
Young Real Estate Professional of Washington DC | Membership: Free
YREP facilitates and promotes the exchange of ideas and information, as well as help establish valuable relationships among its memberships through industry-leading speakers and panels, networking lunches and happy hours, and community-based philanthropy events. Join here.
Appraisal Institute | Student Affiliate: $50 (annual)
A global professional association of real estate appraisers, with over 17,000 professionals in almost 50 countries. Benefits include library access, educational discounts, complimentary journal subscription, and paths toward AI designation. Join here.
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association | Program-based Membership
CAIA Association offers two certification programs. Both encompass certification in alternative investments, which include – along with real estate – private equity, hedge funds, and structured products. Join here.