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MKE CRE Summer High School Immersion Program

The MKE CRE Summer High School Immersion Program is set for 2024! MKE CRE is an in-person, week-long program for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The program is dedicated to helping high school from underrepresented backgrounds take charge of their future and provide knowledge about career opportunities in commercial real estate. Students will learn what it takes to design, build, manage, own, and sell commercial real estate and develop generational wealth! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will provide students in-person instruction from one of the top real estate programs in the country, as well as the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in tangible and hands-on experiences through site visits and intentional interaction with amazing real estate professionals working locally and across the country.

The program is co-produced by NAIOP Wisconsin and the Marquette University Center for Real Estate. Student participants will attend the program and stay at the Marquette University campus. There is no cost to students thanks to our generous scholarship sponsors!  Learn how to be a sponsor!

Due to the overwhelming amount of 2024 applicants, we have decided to close the application for this summer. We encourage you to apply next year and also to check out and apply to our Accelerate CRE summer internship program here.

Thank you! A special thank you to the generous sponsors and speakers for the inaugural MKE CRE Summer High School Immersion Program. What a special week with some amazing students.  Be sure to check out our Highlights Video from the past two years!

Thank you to our Scholarship Sponsors!


Contact Jim Villa ( if you wish to learn more about sponsoring this program.

Details/Frequently Asked Questions

What: See a sample outline of the course timeline.

When: Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14, 2024

  •       Arrival details for Monday, June 10 will be confirmed in May.
  •       Depart at 3:00 PM on Friday, June 14.

Where: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Students will stay on campus, with programs also being on campus and at various development sites across the metro area. The group will walk or use a bus to various locations around the Milwaukee area for tours and activities, with faculty and staff.

Students will be chaperoned by Resident Assistants under the guidance of Marquette University. Male and female students will be housed on separate floors of the dorm and chaperoned by members of their own gender. Dorms at Marquette are only accessible to residents and are secured 24/7. Parents/caregivers are welcome to view their child’s room at drop-off.

Who: Rising high school sophomores, juniors and senior students of color from the Greater Milwaukee area.

Price: There is no cost to students selected for the program, thanks to our generous sponsors!

Application: LIMITED SPACE.  Apply as soon as possible, as admission will be processed as applications are received.  Students interested in applying should complete the application as soon as possible, but no later than April 29, 2024

What to bring: Students should bring a variety of clothing for indoor and outdoor activities, any preferred/special snacks, prescribed medications, electronic devices and chargers desired, and a great attitude. A packing list with suggested items will be sent to confirmed students.

Questions: Contact NAIOP Wisconsin by email or phone (414-622-0006) with questions.

Counselors:  Interested in being a counselor for the program?  Learn more here!

Interested in supporting the MKE CRE program?  Scholarship and other (meals, activities) sponsorships are available.  Contact NAIOP Wisconsin for more information.