Summer Intern 2022, Real Estate Services

Summer Intern 2022, Real Estate Services

POSITION:  Graduate Student Intern
DEPARTMENT:  Real Estate Services
REPORTS TO:  Vice President, Real Estate Services


Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) is Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation. Our mission is to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia. You can learn more about PIDC at


PIDC’s Real Estate Services group provides a range of services, including (1) management and marketing of 230 acres of industrially zoned development sites spread throughout Philadelphia, (2) marketing of multiple City surplus sites throughout Philadelphia, (3) development and implementation of strategic real estate initiatives, including the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan, and (4) redevelopment oversight for key public properties.   

PIDC’s Real Estate Services group seeks a motivated, hard-working intern to assist with the specific projects detailed below, as well as general departmental responsibilities.  Candidates should have education, experience, and/or a high level of interest in real estate, planning, and development.  In addition, Candidates should be able to use Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

  1. Implementation of Lower Schuylkill Master Plan: The successful candidate will assist with the implementation of the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan (the Plan), which was adopted by the City of Philadelphia in 2013. This work may include: assisting with due diligence, acquisition, site planning, and site preparation for several redevelopment sites within the Lower Schuylkill; assisting with the preparation of state and federal grant applications to assist with PIDC’s development initiatives; coordinating with university and industry partners to ensure a coordinated and successful development of the Innovation District as set forth in the Plan; assisting with the selection of a development partner for two life science campuses in Southwest Philadelphia.
  2. Community Engagement in Southwest Philadelphia: PIDC has a variety of ongoing initiatives in Southwest Philadelphia which require active and sustained engagement with community members and community leaders. These initiatives relate to providing additional financial services, life sciences real estate development, and workforce development. The successful candidate may assist with:
    • Coordinating with other stakeholders, including City Departments, state agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, and community organizations on efforts targeting streetscape, infrastructure, and gateway improvements along major transportation corridors in the neighborhood of Kingsessing; and
    • Coordinating with Bartram’s Garden, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and City Departments to apply for funding to remediation and develop a riverfront parcel in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Philadelphia.
  3. Analysis and Project Support for Advanced Life Sciences Initiatives in Philadelphia:  PIDC works closely with City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department to develop critical infrastructure needed to support Philadelphia’s growing cell and gene therapy cluster. The successful candidate will assist with: (1) conducting research related to the biotech sector, including market trends, real estate development companies, and biotech manufacturers; and (2) conducting research related to ongoing and planned workforce development initiatives in the life sciences sector in the greater Philadelphia region.
  4. Industrial Land Use Strategy: In 2010, PIDC managed and oversaw the Industrial Land Use & Market Strategy (ILUMS) planning efforts. The resulting ILUMS Report has since been used as a guide to support PIDC’s acquisition and strategic planning efforts in the past decade.

    Chief among the successful candidate’s duties will be to assist in the evaluation of Request for Proposals (RFP) responses for the Industrial Land Use & Market Strategy Update and the subsequent management of the selected consultant team. This will include consulting the previous ILUMS RFP and Report and the new ILUMS Update RFP as a framework and reference for the undertaking.

    2010 Industrial Land Use Strategy Report PDF
  5. Grant Reporting
  6. City Surplus Marketing & Transactions:  Candidate will assist staff with marketing and transactional work related to City surplus properties, such as the 1801 Vine Street RFQ/RFP
  7. General Project Support:  The Real Estate Services group manages an active portfolio of properties and projects throughout the City of Philadelphia.  The successful candidate will work with staff to support these transactions.


Graduate student must be enrolled in and/or planning to continue academic studies in a graduate school program that focuses on Urban Planning and Development, Community and Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Business, Economics, Law and/or Public Administration.


Interested applicants should electronically submit a cover letter and resume electronically to the contact information below.

PIDC promotes a culture of inclusion and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected factor.

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Contact Information
Marquis Tavon Upshur, PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President, Human Resources