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KW Commercial / Keller Williams Realty

Valuation Team

May - September 2020 • Honolulu, HI

What I liked

The internship was a great experience in working together on multiple valuation projects with other individuals as one of the associates or even the leader. The internship taught me many aspects of how to work in valuation team as well as how to communicate thoroughly in order to make the most of my time there.

What I wish was different

Advice

Communicate with your fellow interns. They are always there to help you out when you are having difficulties or simply need advice.
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Valuation Intern

May - September 2020 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

I had a great experience working with Russell this summer. Russell is a great mentor and an experienced professional and pushed me out of my comfort zone to tackle challenging tasks. I was able to learn a lot about small businesses and valuations while become familiar with working independently. Additionally, I was able to take on multiple leadership roles such as leading a team in projects and training new interns in the program.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be active and open to taking on tasks that may be challenging because those are the best to help you grow and become experienced in the field.
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Valuation Intern

March - July 2020 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Russell is like the tutor in this internship program, he teaches me many things not only on the valuation but also on how to be a successful and professional person for the career. I really appreciate that I work in the valuation team in KW Commercial. It is a really beneficial internship program.

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Human Resources Intern

April - May 2020 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

Flexible work schedule, and challenging tasks. Great for learning new skills and developing those skills for future careers.

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Marketing Intern & Mandarin Chinese Language Specialist

August - December 2019 • New Orleans, LA

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I am lucky to have worked with Russell and experience his valuable advice and mentorship through his organized internship program at KW Realty. Russell prides himself on his creation of a program that gives students opportunities in the business world that they may not find on their own. As a Marketing Intern and Chinese Language Specialist, I had the chance to use a foreign language in the workplace and assist Russell with fundamental tasks relating to his firm and the real estate industry. Russell is skilled at recognizing talent and finding creative ways to utilize that talent. Russell sees value in students in a way that other jobs do not, making his program unique in its design. When interns first start working under him, Russell holds a high standard in his expectations for quality of work and commitment. This standard allows interns to greatly improve their abilities in a short amount of time. For example, Russell allowed me to begin leadership tasks only a few weeks into my experience. As my skills improved, the tasks increased in importance. Toward the end of my internship, I was creating projects that would continue until far after my internship ended, leaving a lasting impact on Russell’s program and the entire operation. Russell is generous, as he was happy to let interns like myself meaningfully contribute. Russell’s own life experiences came in handy in helping me plan out my professional future. Russell and I discussed in detail the pros and cons of getting an MBA and the best time to do it. He genuinely cares about the future of his interns. Russell was the most valuable resource throughout my internship, and he was always available to guide and help improve. Overall, my experience at KW Realty was defined by my experience with Russell – fulfilling, rich with knowledgeable insight, and with a true and tangible improvement in work ability. I am grateful I had the chance to meet and work with Russell Bernstein.
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Information Security and Web Tech Intern

January - April 2020 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

I enjoyed the freedom that I had as a web tech intern. After solving critical website issues I was able to explore areas that I had an interest in. Also enjoyed the fact that my position is very involved and hands-on.

What I wish was different

For the duration of my internship I was the only person working on the web tech side of things. Perhaps having somebody else to work with would have enhanced the learning experience, but I still value the hands on experience that I gained by working mostly alone.

Advice

As an unpaid remote internship, the program is what you make of it. If you take it as a chance to explore new areas and learn about the technologies that Russell uses, it will be a valuable experience. Being a self-starter is a great skill to have in this position.
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Valuation Intern

January - March 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Russell is very open to discussions. He is also very patient in terms of explaining things and want every intern to learn something from this internship. In addition, I got the chance to talk with a business owner to learn more about the history and the basic information of the business.

What I wish was different

I wish there could be more interaction and collaboration among the interns. Because it is a remote internship, many interns are in different time zones and it can be hard to have efficient communication.

Advice

Although the requirement is only five hours per week for this internship, one can always ask Russell for more projects to work on if he/she is interested in that area.
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Valuation Intern

February - June 2019 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

I had a great experience working with Russell. For 3 months, I interned with him on the valuation team. My expectations for the internship were exceeded. I learned a lot while having a high degree of respect and independence. Russell openly welcomed my suggestions and input on our work despite him having years of experience ahead of me. I gained significant leadership experience and greatly appreciated being trusted with client interaction that most other internships do not offer. I found this to be the most rewarding aspect as I enjoyed connecting with others and sharing my knowledge. I have great pride in the work I performed thanks to the support and mentorship from Russell.

What I wish was different

Advice

Come in with an open-mind as the work you will be doing can be tedious yet rewarding.
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Management Intern

June - October 2019 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

As a Management Intern for Russell, I performed a variety of tasks centered around the business development of Russell Bernstein, CBI. In this role, I was to understand the business strategy and implement practices that would steer the business in the appropriate direction through systematic growth. By conducting consultations, research, and reform, we were successfully able to build processes that are serving as the foundation of new systems that are growing the business. During the internship, I found Russell to be supportive and empowering of those around him. For instance, I was working on a solo consulting project, outside the scope of the internship, and I wanted some general support and feedback on some of my ideas. Russell not only helped me refine these ideas, but he then accompanied me to the business meeting where I landed the consulting deal! This kind of support is rare, and it is what sets him apart from other mentors like him. Overall, through the Management Internship, I was able to grow professionally by stepping into a role that presented me with the opportunity to lead and add value to the core of the business. Yet, I say it again, what sets Russell apart is his ability to build a relationships through empowering others, specifically young people. This is a skill that not all people are willing to do. I look forward to working together with Russell soon.

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Sales Intern

April - July 2019 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

Russell exemplifies what it means to be a leader. He is the most effective communicator I have ever worked with in a team setting, as he always clearly and assertively communicates guidelines for scheduled tasks. Aside from his professionalism and organization Russell also adapted his leadership to my skill set to help me excel. He helped identify my weaknesses by asking detailed questions then followed up by showing me how to improve them. I specifically remember a time in which Russell and I were making calls to potential clients and I was struggling to speak with assertiveness. Rather than exclaiming what I was doing wrong, he had me think critically and answer questions to identify my faults on my own. This guidance taught me to analyze my performance and grow on my own. Russell always lead me to answers instead of giving them to me, which says a lot about how he conducts his business. I would recommend working with or for Russell, as he is just as hard of a worker as he is a great leader.

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Public Relations Intern

June - September 2019 • Portsmouth, VA

What I liked

Before I worked with Russell, I was not sure about what I wanted as a potential career for myself and had planned to use my internship with him to decide how serious I wanted to be about pursuing Real Estate as an option. Because I was a Public Relations intern and not on a team more geared towards real estate transactions and sales, I assumed that my internship would not have much affect on my career indecisiveness. However, when I began researching about my internship before applying for the position, Russell's accomplishments alone were inspiring for me both as a prospective agent and as a 4th year undergraduate who will soon enter the workforce. His record of certifications, memberships, experiences, and projects displayed to me that it was possible to entertain a variety of pursuits and still excel at all of them while maintaining a successful career. His record made him seem intimidating, but his emphasis on encouragement and mutual communication in conversations revealed his passion for mentoring others. He engaged with me on an individual level, encouraging criticisms and input as well as giving constructive criticism and advice that will help me well after this internship. Russell made the extra effort to find and help me pursue career opportunities in real estate with his company personally. He gave me insight into the pros and cons of the real estate industry in one-to-one conversations and inspired me to work diligently to obtain my real estate license, which I am no longer indecisive about, so that I can utilize all that I have learned from this internship as soon as possible.

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Marketing and Russian Language Intern

August - November 2019 • Toledo, OH

What I liked

Throughout the course of working in his internship program as a Marketing intern, Russell taught me many positive things, not only about marketing, but about life and career goals as well. I'm grateful that I was able to get out of my comfort zone in order to better prepare myself for my future career. Russell also often expressed a genuine interest in my future goals, and he was always ready to offer useful advice and resources that might help me with what I plan to do after graduation. Lastly, Russell is a highly motivated individual who is very engaged with his work and community. I find that his commitment to his own non-profit organization (Global Team Players Foundation) is both rewarding and inspiring.

What I wish was different

Throughout the course of working in his internship program, I was given a lot of responsibility - which included many kinds of roles that I did not initially feel prepared for (such as training and mentoring other interns).

Advice

Be prepared to take on leadership roles as it is part of this internship experience. Also, although deadlines are flexible it is important to notify team members and Russell when you feel that you need to make changes to your work schedule, or change the deadline of a project.
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Marketing Intern and Japanese Language Specialist

April 2019 - July 2020 • Metairie, LA

What I liked

I liked how it was hands-on, and growth in translation. 10% of it other people will guide you, but the rest is pretty much self-guided. Did both translations as create marketing material on several mediums(email, Hootesuite, etc.) Russell is very open to communication.

What I wish was different

When I joined, the program was in its beginnings so that the foundations were a little shakey. When working with other interns, it was a little like herding cats at times due to the different time zones we were in.

Advice

More collaboration rather than trying to get everyone on the same page. If you don't like translation, this is NOT for you. However, making marketing campaign materials is still a big part of this internship.
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Sales Intern

May - August 2019 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

I had a great time interning with Russell Bernstein and KW. I am forever grateful for the knowledge Russell taught me. I will not only use what I have learned throughout my professional career but also in my personal life. I learned a lot more than I expected to. The program Russell has built is remarkable. I don't know how he does it, juggling family, work and a number of interns from around the world. There is something special about meeting people who have similar career interests from different parts of the world. I found this experience to be extremely interesting. Russell was supportive and helped in narrowing my ambiguous career goals. I am more confident in landing a job after developing my sales and marketing skills. Russell has accomplished a lot and because of that he is a great role model of what passion and hard work can get you.

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Marketing Intern

May - August 2019 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

I am so grateful that I had an opportunity to work with Russell and join his internship program this summer along with so many other talented students. It amazed and inspired me how determined, knowledgeable, organized, innovative, and professional he has always been while guiding and mentoring us. I have never had a problem communicating my ideas directly to him and always received prompt and honest feedback. During my ninety days on the marketing team, I have learned so many new things on par with developing and exercising my leadership skills. I am thankful for all the hands-on experience that I have gained and the real results of my work that this internship program has allowed me to see. It was a truly amazing experience, thanks to Russell's professionalism, mentorship, and support.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't shy away from reaching out to Russell if you need a piece of advice or guidance on your task. He is always there to hear you out and help you.
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Market Research Analyst

May 2019 • Liberty Townshp, OH

What I liked

I learned different skills and was doing a different thing day in and day out.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be ready for a quick environment and be able to change tasks quickly.
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