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Mentorship Program

The Columbia Business School Real Estate Association together with the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate run an Alumni Mentorship Program for real estate-focused MBA students.

Student Voices

Jane and Jane

Jane Yang ’10, Lehman Brothers Holdings, with mentee Jane Kim ’13.


“The alumni mentorship program was amazing for creating a bridge between current students and alums. It was a great opportunity to bond with people in the industry who understood Columbia Business School and had a vested interest in our success.” — Adam Cohen ’13


 “The alumni mentorship program allows current students to receive practical career guidance from CBS alums who are leaders in the real estate industry. The alumni loyalty to CBS and their commitment to current students is incredible — the program was an integral part of my education at CBS.” — Erik Steiner ’13

Pairing first-year MBA students who have demonstrated interest in real estate with a young alumnus in the industry, the program fosters networking and promotes the pursuit of careers in real estate. It is not intended to be tied to an internship or job opportunity. The mentor-mentee relationship is designed to last for the entire period of a student’s studies at Columbia Business School.

Jonathan More ’09 of Mission Capital Advisors helped launch the Mentorship Program in 2011 and remains involved as a mentor and adviser to the program. In his words:

“The Columbia Business School Real Estate Alumni Mentorship Program was founded on the premise of truly bridging the gap between current CBS students [on a real estate career track] with CBS real estate alumni. 

“Relationships are currency in the real estate business.  Involving students in the alumni community early on in their Columbia experience allows them to sharpen their professional knowledge on the institutional real estate market and grow their rolodex, while concurrently amassing important skill sets and experiences in the classroom. 

“Personally, I’ve been a major beneficiary of the warmth, generosity, and support of the CBS real estate alumni community.  The Mentorship Program allows me to pay this generosity forward to CBS students, all the while staying closely involved with the CBS community.”

If you are interested in serving as a student mentor please email Hannah Borgeson.