Welcome 2019 HDIP Interns!

HDC’s Pilot Housing Development Internship Program


Tom Nguyen
2019 HDIP Intern

Nola Liu
2019 HDIP Intern

As part of our Race, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative, the Housing Development Consortium has launched our 2019-2020 Housing Development Internship Program.
Through this internship, HDC and intern host agencies, Bellwether and Plymouth Housing, aim to recruit, train, and retain the next generation of talented and racially diverse affordable housing leaders who bring unique skills and knowledge into the affordable housing sector.

As Seattle continues to experience rapid population growth, the lack of affordable housing, coupled with rising rent, is pushing communities of color further out and displacing many Seattle residents. To address these issues, we must collectively invest in under-represented communities by creating opportunities for leadership for those who know how to serve their communities best. This 9-month paid internship is designed to create a launch-pad into a career in affordable housing development and project management.

HDIP Program Participants

Without further ado, we would like to welcome our first cohort of Housing Development Interns: Tom Nguyen, a graduate from the University of Washington with a Masters of Urban Planning, interning with Bellwether Housing, and Nola Liu, a current student at the University of Washington pursuing dual degrees: a Master in Public Health and Master in Urban Planning, interning with Plymouth Housing.

Both students bring a unique experience as children of immigrant parents, their knowledge and background in urban planning and public health, and their passion for creating a society where everyone has access to affordable housing. HDC and our partner agencies are thrilled to be in this partnership as we continue to advance our efforts in affordable housing.

If you’re interested in hosting an intern for the 2020-2021 cycle or want more information on our program, please email Aselefech Evans, HDC’s Equity and Programs Manager.