HDIP Information for Students

Our Housing Development Internship Program (HDIP) aims to provide a launch pad for college and graduate students from Communities of Color seeking a career in affordable housing development.

Learn more and apply TODAY! Intern applications for the 2024-25 program year are due June 24

Why Apply for HDIP?

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Apply for HDIP Today!

Applications for the 2024-2025 Housing Development Internship Program are due June 24, 2024.

Please complete and submit ONE application for the track in which you are interested: Housing Development, Construction Management, or Architecture. Questions about the application(s)? Reach out to Dani Turk.

Program Overview

This 9 month, part-time, paid internship program is designed to recruit, train, and retain racially diverse leaders in the affordable housing sector.

During the program, interns will be actively involved in affordable housing and real estate development. Interns will learn hands-on what it takes to create affordable and healthy living communities, and specifically learn about the intricacies of developing projects from concept inception to construction completion.

Interns will further develop their professional and leadership skills through supplemental activities on at least a monthly basis, as part of a cohort learning community. Cohort convenings will include specific affordable housing curriculum, as well as space for discussion associated with HDC. All interns are expected to achieve basic competency skills in line with their development track over the course of the year.

2024-25 HDIP Timeline

Application Opens: April 2024

Application Deadline: June 24, 2024

Intern Orientation: September 19, 20, and 23, 2024

First day of internship: October 7, 2024

Final day of internship: June 13, 2025

Frequently Asked Questions

HDIP is for students of color seeking hands-on experience in the affordable housing sector. This program is a good fit for those focusing in real estate development, urban planning, design, architecture, and other related fields, but students from any major may apply. Priority is given to students entering the last year of their program.

No! Students in any area of study may apply. While many HDIP participants are majoring in real estate, development, architecture, or another related field, we have also welcomed interns studying other fields, including public health, social work, and finance.

Yes! Minimum pay is set by the minimum wage of the city in which you work. For Seattle, that’s $18.69. HDC encourages host agencies to consider equitable pay compensation that is at or upwards of $20/hour. Pay is ultimately negotiated between intern and host agency, and is finalized at the time of hire.

HDIP is a 9-month long program. Interns commit to 10-15 hours of work and learning per week between the start of their internship in October and program graduation in June. This 10-15 hour estimate includes hands-on experience with the host agency, as well as cohort convenings and professional development activities.

HDC is offering focus tracks for HDIP 2023-2024. These tracks include: Housing Development, Architecture, and Construction/Construction Management.

Have another question that isn’t answered here? Contact Dani Turk, Membership, Programs & Equity Manager.