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ICSC Launch Academy

Retail is at the heart of every community, and since local communities continue to grow and evolve, it is imperative that the marketplaces industry hires talent reflective of the people it serves.

Launch Academy provides summer internship opportunities for racially diverse undergraduate students to learn more about the development and management of marketplaces and spaces where people shop, dine, work, play and gather.

Apply today 

Through a paid summer internship, an immersive virtual learning experience, access to a mentor as well as a network of industry leaders from across the country, the Launch Academy will provide you with the tools and exposure essential to successfully pursue a career in the marketplaces industry.

  • Paid summer internship (in partnership with sponsor company)
  • 30-hour virtual learning lab (pre-internship) including a mandatory orientation, plus:
    • Professional development
    • Industry knowledge sharing
    • Networking
    • Weekly virtual activities (summer)
  • An industry mentor & coaching
  • Travel and relocation assistance grants available (based on need)
  • Identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American, Native American
  • Enrolled as a current freshman, sophomore or junior (undergraduate) at an accredited 4-year college/university
  • Availability to participate in all Launch Academy activities, including virtual learning labs (schedule forthcoming)
  • All majors with an expressed interest in commercial real estate are welcome to apply
  • Completion of real estate and/or business/finance-related courses preferred  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early application is strongly encouraged.

Action / Task                         Date / Duration
Student Application Deadline

Deadline has passed

Review, Match & Selection Period November 2021 – January 31, 2022
Virtual Learning Period March 2022 – May 2022
Pre-Internship Boot Camp (30-hours) During 2 Weeks in May 2022
Internship Period (TBD by Company) June – August 2022


Apply here

Interested in sponsoring an intern?

If you are seeking to improve diversity and inclusion within your company, ICSC can help connect you to a pipeline of high-performing, racially diverse college students from across the country.  Please contact Jazmen Johnson at jjohnson@icsc.com to learn more.

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For more information, please contact

Jazmen Johnson

Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

+1 202 626 1407


The ICSC Foundation is the charitable arm of ICSC dedicated to creating a vibrant marketplaces industry by building a pipeline of bright, ambitious and diverse talent that can drive the industry forward. 

The member organization for industry advancement, ICSC promotes and elevates the marketplaces and spaces where people shop, dine, work, play and gather as foundational and vital ingredients of communities and economies.