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UNC Real Estate Diversity Initiative

Students reaching upThe UNC “REDI” Program embodies the stated goals of the Wood Center:

  • To develop and maintain an engaged community
  • To foster and support an experimental learning environment
  • To prepare community members for sustained career success

The REDI Intern Program promotes the following objectives:

  • To work with Commercial Real Estate partner companies in an industry-changing program to increase overall diverse applicant pool within Commercial Real Estate at the university level 
  • To prepare students to gain meaningful internship experience through pre-internship training for interviews, gaining industry knowledge, and quantitative skills preparation 
  • To help students gain real world work experience by working in a paid 8 or 10-week internship  
  • To participate in program feedback and share experiences with other students across UNC’s campus 

Our interns gain a sense of belonging and growth with support of the Wood Center and Industry engagement. Starting with our boot camp preparation classes, interns meet regularly during their internship to discuss areas of improvement and actionable activities to strengthen their communication skills, advance their technical skills and expand their recruitment relationships.

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Our 2022 UNC REDI interns: In their own words

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Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen

Hi, my name is Katherine Allen, and I am from Atlanta, GA. I am an Econ Major at UNC with a possible minor in Real Estate. Aside from school, I spend my free time running as well as spending time with my friends. I am exploring commercial real estate through the REDI program and spending the summer of 2021 interning with JLL in Charlotte, NC. 

Brooke Chow

Brooke Chow

Brooke Chow

Hi, my name is Brooke Chow and I’m a sophomore at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School studying Business Administration. I’m the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of UNC Scholars of Finance and work as a Business Consultant with 180 Degrees Consulting. Much of my work centers around creating social impact for communities and harnessing finance to quantitatively drive change. Through the REDI program, I will expand on this aim by interning with Highwoods Properties in their Raleigh office this year. 

Tjaden Durham

Tjaden Durham

Tjaden Durham

Hello, my name is Tjaden Durham, and I am a sophomore from Wilmington, NC. I am a student at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School pursuing a double major in business administration and Econ with a minor in conflict management. I began to learn about real estate my freshman year through events hosted by the UREC club which led me to a goal of working in commercial real estate. After hearing about the REDI program, I knew I had to apply and continue my education in commercial real estate. Thanks to the REDI program, I have secured an internship with Greystar as an Investment Analyst in their Charleston, SC office. 

Hahah Al Ameen Ballard

Halah Al-Ameen Ballard

Halah Al-Ameen Ballard

Hello, my name Halah Al-Ameen Ballard and I am a sophomore majoring in Business and double minoring in Arabic and Middle Eastern Languages. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs and property owners I have always had an interest in studying the different fields of business. I am grateful for the REDI program as I will be able to explore my interest in finance and real estate and develop valuable skills. This summer I will be working as a Financial Analyst intern at Harbert Management Corporation in San Francisco! 

Emma Byard

Emma Byard

Emma Byard

Hello! My name is Emma Byard, and I am a sophomore from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. I am studying Management and Society and hoping to pursue a double major in Business. Real estate has always been of interest to me due to my involvement in my father’s real estate company in asset management and investment sales, so REDI was the perfect opportunity to further my knowledge. I am so grateful to be interning with Eller Capital Markets in Chapel Hill the summer of 2022, thanks to the Wood Center and REDI program! 

Diego Cardenas

Diego Cardenas

Diego Cardenas

Hi, my name is Diego Cardenas and I’m from Charlotte, NC. I’m a sophomore majoring in mathematics and planning to apply to the business school next year. Over the fall I discovered the world of commercial real estate while I was working in residential real estate brokerage and stumbled upon Lynn Tocci who told me about the REDI program. The aspect of real estate which catches my eye the most is the valuation and investment aspect, which is why I am extremely grateful and excited to be interning for Asana Partners this summer on the investments team. I’m looking forward to continuing with the REDI program and continuing to reap the amazing benefits the program has given me! 

Anna Donahoo

Anna Donahoo

Anna Donahoo

Hello, my name is Anna Donahoo and I am from Jacksonville, Florida. I am a student in the Hussman School of Media and Journalism, majoring in Media and Journalism and minoring in Art History at Carolina! I have always had an interest in Real Estate, Architecture, and Interior Design; therefore, I am very appreciative of the Wood Center for this internship opportunity and allowing me to pursue my interest in commercial real estate! This summer, I am excited to be interning for Grubb Properties in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Emily Shih

Emily Shih

Emily Shih

Hello! My name is Emily and I’m a sophomore from Cary, NC. I’m currently studying business administration and economics with a minor in journalism. I’m grateful for the opportunities the REDI Program has given me, and I’m especially excited to be interning for Kane Development this summer. Outside of my classes, I write for the Daily Tar Heel and go on long runs in nearby trails. 

Caroline Ullrich

Caroline Ullrich

Caroline Ullrich

Hi, my name is Caroline Ullrich, and I am from Charlotte, NC majoring in economics at UNC. I am very excited to learn about the world of commercial real estate during the spring semester and over the summer through the REDI program. In my free time I love spending time outside and cooking with my family. This summer I am thrilled to be interning with Berkeley Capital Advisors in Charlotte, NC. 

Virginia Troutman

Virginia Troutman

Virginia Troutman

Hi! My name is Virginia Troutman, and I am a sophomore from Charlotte, NC. I am majoring in business administration with a concentration in real estate and double minoring in Spanish and sustainability studies. I’ve always had an interest in CRE and plan on pursuing a career on the acquisitions side. This summer, I am excited to intern with South Street Partners, and I am so grateful to the Wood Center for this opportunity. 

Raghvendra Lahoti

Raghvendra Lahoti

Raghvendra Lahoti

Hi! My name is Raghvendra (Raggy) Lahoti. I am an international student from India. I am double majoring in Economics B.A. and Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and a minor in Entrepreneurship here at UNC-CH. My interest in business is essentially an interest in people: how they engage with each other and create meaning for one another. Being raised in New Delhi in a real estate business family, I was deeply enthralled by being part of my first real estate deal when I was a teenager. This began my journey into the real estate world. I want to innovate within real estate to promote sustainable development in response to environmental concerns. In my free time I love to play sports: Football (Not American football), cricket, and chess. Thanks to the REDI program, I have secured an internship with Cousins Properties in their Charlotte office for summer 2022. 

Valeria Schad

Valeria Schad

Valeria Schad

Hello! My name is Valeria Schad and I’m from the Dominican Republic and Switzerland. I am majoring in Business Administration at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a concentration in Real Estate and Supply Chain Management. I have lived most of my life in the Dominican Republic but moved to Florida to play tennis at a boarding school before coming to UNC. Every winter, my family and I go skiing in Switzerland and visit family members there. This summer, I am excited to intern with the Johnson Group in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where I will have the incredible opportunity to work with both Johnson Development Associates (JDA) and OTO Development and their amazing teams!