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Housing & Real Estate Trainee/Intern
Job Code:2018-CV-PM-HO-AD-002
Department:Housing & Real Estate Development
Location:Administration - Chula Vista, CA
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Range-

Under direct supervision, the incumbent will assist in the management of a variety of aspects of the development process for multifamily rental housing projects (new construction and rehabilitation), single-family housing development projects, and/or commercial development projects. The incumbent may be assigned special projects in the Housing & Real Estate Development Department (HERD) which could include all aspects of the budgeting process and the development of a departmental budgeting system.


As part of the internship, MAAC will provide learning experiences to enable the intern to develop a broad understanding of the housing and real estate development experience. The intern will contribute to best-in-class research, assist with day-to-day responsibilities, contribute to HERD initiatives and carry out tasks for both internal and external clients.


Internships are limited to six (6) months.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.


  • Assists with the development of real estate development projects from concept inception to leasing units to occupants.  
  • Assists with coordinating all phases of the development process.
  • Assists with identifying and negotiating site acquisitions; arranges for due diligence evaluations (i.e. title, environmental clearances, entitlement, etc.)
  • Assists with coordinating local government review and approval processes for real estate developments.
  • Assists with identifying and selecting development team members and consultants. 
  • Assists in the preparation and management of development financial proformas.
  • Assists in securing acquisition, predevelopment, construction and/or permanent financing, including but not limited to Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the State Department of Housing, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, local governments and private lenders.
  • Promotes the community development goals of MAAC by ensuring that disadvantaged businesses and low income individuals participate in all phases of the development process whenever feasible and practical.
  • Collaborates with staff to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget constraints.  
  • Performs other assigned related duties to further MAAC's mission in the provision of affordable housing and community facilities.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of planning and executing housing and real estate construction projects.
  • Laws and regulations relating to state and federal housing and development programs.
  • Theory, principles, practices, and techniques of property management functions, including property/unit inspections protocols, lease enforcement tasks, affordable housing programs etc.
  • Financial reports to analyze property and construction performance.
  • Working with complex multifamily rental housing projects, single-family housing development projects, and/or commercial development projects
  • Standard housing management software applications.


Ability to: 

  • Prioritize project specific tasks while instilling a sense of urgency with the external and internal team participants.
  • Multitask and manage multiple housing and real estate development projects.
  • Demonstrate strong written, verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate effective problem solving and situation analysis skills.
  • Exhibit organizational and follow-through skills.
  • Respond to governing agency decisions and propose resolutions that meet government requirements and company expectations.
  • Present company projects publicly before government agencies and local residents.
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information.
  • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, business partners, community representatives and MAAC clients.


  • Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Real Estate Development, Land Use Planning, General Construction, Affordable Housing, Finance, Community Development or a related field
  • Expert proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, and real estate databases
  • Experience with grant application preparation preferred.


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