Supporting diversity with summer internship

GCW has welcomed its first summer intern in a move to make a career in real estate available to a wider range of people. Iranian student Ata Samadzadeh is spending 6 weeks getting a taste of life as a commercial property agent.

The property industry still has a long way to go to embrace diversity and open its doors to a wider range of talent. GCW is determined to address the issue and help nurture the next generation of property professionals. It has reached out to candidates from diverse backgrounds to find a suitable fit for a summer internship.

Ata Samadzadeh is a talented student currently undertaking a Masters at LSE. He flew in from Tehran to take up the internship and has spent the last few weeks getting a feel for what GCW’s work is all about. He has spent time across a range of departments and taken the opportunity to see first hand how the agency meets the needs of its clients.

GCW Senior Surveyor, Callum Stephenson, has been mentoring Ata. He says: “Everyone has really valued having Ata in the office and we hope he will be the first of many interns. GCW already works to improve diversity in the property sector through our involvement with Reading University’s Pathways to Property programme and this is another example of how we are helping a wider range of people access careers in our sector.”