My experience at JLL through the Imran Jaffer Foundation Internship
I am currently entering my fourth year at Western University in the Urban Development Program. I wanted to get involved in the commercial real estate industry although I was unsure how to first get my foot in the door. The Imran Jaffer Foundation provided me with a bridge to this gap by awarding me with an internship at Jones Lang Lasalle, the global commercial real estate company.
JLL is not only one of the leading global real estate companies, it is a great environment to work in. I was apart of the Tenant Representation Group at JLL who welcomed me in with open arms. I learned a lot of the basic knowledge of real estate having experience in many different departments throughout the summer not being limited to just supporting my team. Tenant representation, database and research, investment banking, human resources and project development services were the departments that I was able to get involved in and help out. It was interesting to see the collaboration and the intelligence within the office. Everyone was so supportive in answering my questions which helped me learn a lot about not just JLL but the whole real estate industry. It was an extremely valuable internship experience that gave me a taste of where I would be after my four years at Western.
I am grateful for the knowledge I gained at JLL but also for the friendships I made. JLL has an extremely diverse employee base which with different age ranges, ethnicities and walks of life that people brought to the table. I got to know not only just my seat mates but even people on the other side of the office. Everyone was extremely friendly, energetic and relatable in a sense that I was not treated different because I was an intern. There were many opportunities outside the office as well to bond with everyone. JLL is not kidding when they say they are a tight knit family, which I am so happy that I got to be apart of.
Being apart of the JLL/Imran Jaffer Foundation did not just require me to simply show up for work everyday, they ensured that I would have the most fun summer experience in my internship. I was involved in many extracurricular activities. JLL had many sports events such as the Slate Bowl Football Tournament along with the Dream Baseball Tournament. The Foundation had events such as The World Partnership Walk – Walk with Imran, along with the Imran Jaffer Soccer Tournament. Even though I am not a very athletic person I still had the best time participating in all of these events. Especially the Foundation Events I was extremely proud to be involved in due to the philanthropic aspect which I love being apart of.
Summer 2016 with the Imran Jaffer Foundation gave me a sense of direction as to where I want to be after I graduate. I am now more aware of what the commercial real estate industry entails and how it relates to my program. I also was able to gain an internship credit at Western for doing this internship.
I made some great friends along the way, with memories I will not forget. I am also more financially stable with my four months of work which was a tremendous help for my studies at Western along with being able to live in Toronto. Although that does not amount to my experience I had this summer being apart of the Imran Jaffer Foundation. From what I understand, the Imran Jaffer Foundation’s purpose is to help others, students specifically and give back. Unfortunately, I did not know Imran Jaffer although what I gather from his friends and family he was truly an incredible young man who was loved by every life he touched. Through the foundation’s initiatives in helping others they are keeping Imran’s kind spirit alive by allowing him to keep touching the lives of young people ensuring that they will not walk alone through their journey of life. I am so proud to be apart of the Imran Jaffer Foundation and cannot wait to get involved in more initiatives to keep Imran alive in our community. Truly an amazing and unforgettable summer and I cannot thank the Jaffer family enough in sharing this experience with me and asking me to be part of this movement.