Fall 2009 Site ReviewPosition: Real Estate Intern
Student: Government and Political Communications Senior
This semester I had the opportunity to intern at Strub Residential as an administrative intern assisting the broker and office manager. Strub Residential is a small boutique residential real estate firm focusing on central Austin single family, multi-family, rental property, net sales and lease.
There is no such thing as a “typical day” working as an administrative assistant. My job varies by day. When I come in I usually check all of the emails on Outlook to make sure that I have saved customer referrals, vendors and relocation services. The rest of my day is spent answering phones, making spreadsheets, researching property locations and tile searches, posting properties on Facebook, Craigslist, Postlets.com and then other projects are thrown at me. There are pros and cons about being an administrative intern in this industry: I get to learn about how things work in the residential real estate industry and I’m always busy (strength and weakness). I love the fast-paced atmosphere working within this industry, yet you cannot plan your day.
Primary responsibilities as an administrative intern in this position include working as a backup for the office manager, researching articles for the newsletter and responding to correspondences and to set appointments for agents. The job applicant would need to have computer skills, people skills and be able to communicate effectively in order to succeed within this industry. People skills and good communication skills in this job is a must because you are constantly interacting with buyers or sellers and you cannot have a bad day when dealing with them.
As far as communication, communication is the key in every job. It is very important that you communicate regularly with everyone and let them know what is going on. Working as an administrative intern entails a great deal of responsibility and it requires a special type of person who can keep it organize. Overall interning at Strub Residential this semester has allowed me to learn about the real estate industry other than faxing or filing documents all day.