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CBRE Facility Assessment Intern (Remote, NYC-based) in Des Moines, Iowa

Facility Assessment Intern (Remote, NYC-based)

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GWS Segment

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Areas of Interest

Engineering/Maintenance, Facilities Management, Graduate, Internship/Industry placement


New York City - New York - United States of America, Remote - US - Remote - US - United States of America

About the role

The purpose of this co-op/intern role is to gain an in-depth understanding of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems via national site assessments that require up to 75% travel . The value you will deliver will be summarized in client reports or databases of observed MEP equipment condition in buildings across various markets. Our Fortune 500 clients expect you to be part of the “best team on the field” solutions to their property condition questions. Each intern will conduct asset surveys in existing buildings, write property condition and energy assessment reports, and support architectural and MEP staff across the globe.

In the early weeks to months of the co-op, supervised site visits focused on asset data collection will be a top priority to bring each new team member up to speed rapidly.

Our projects revolve around delivering data to our clients in a timely manner. Project management responsibilities include self-scheduling, coordinating, and performing site visits throughout the US, followed by research to confirm site observations, and finally reporting to communicate findings.

Each team member is expected to lead multiple projects simultaneously (ideally 2-3 at a time).

This position requires frequent travel - up to 75% and can be performed remotely (as long as candidate is within 30 minutes of a major airport).

What you'll do

  • Conduct walk-through surveys (from 1 hour to multiple days) to assess condition of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. This may require climbing two-story ladders or going up in a lift (lift operating certification is a plus)

  • Interview property owners, occupants, key site personnel and local government officials to obtain information concerning the subject property's condition

  • Review repair/improvement cost information, certificate(s) of occupancy, maintenance reports and logs, Building and Fire Department inspection reports, and similar information to determine the condition of the building

  • Document the condition and physical deficiencies of a property by taking photographs

  • Prepare estimated costs to remedy building deficiencies in an immediate time period and capital reserve time period (5 to 50 years)

  • Communicate effectively to achieve client goals

  • Other duties as assigned

What you'll need

  • Currently pursuing (or have already graduated with) a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering

  • 1-2 years of previous co-op experience – preferably focused on commercial building evaluation or commercial design experience, with a general understanding of MEP building systems.

  • Previous building evaluation or Property Condition Assessment (PCA) reporting experience is preferred

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Ability to provide timely and professional customer service to Fortune 500 clients.

  • Ability to effectively present technical information to non-technical clients.

  • Familiarity with financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate intermediate figures such as percentages, discounts, and/or commissions.

  • Ability to adaptively solve problems in high-pressure situations. Requires strong analytical and quantitative skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Teams, Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook, etc.)

  • Proficiency in computer and smart phone programs, which may include PDF programs, document upload/download websites, municipal agency record request websites, data collection applications and other virtual meeting programs (Zoom, Chime, Teams, etc.)

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills. The position requires simultaneously managing electronic deliverables for several ongoing assignments and operating effectively while remote.

  • Ability to work remotely and travel up to 75% of the time.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Certificates and/or Licenses

  • EIT/ Passed FE exam (US and/or Canada) preferred

  • LEED accreditation preferred


With broader and deeper capabilities than any other company, CBRE is the #1 real estate services and investment organization in the world! A CBRE internship provides an outstanding opportunity to get a head start in the commercial real estate industry working alongside our top producing professionals. Our associates will gain valuable real-life experience and learn the business by working on CBRE projects.

CBRE has been included in the Fortune 500 since 2008, ranking #126 in 2022. We have been voted the industry’s top brand by the Lipsey Company for 20 consecutive years and named one of Fortune’s “Most Loved Companies” in the real estate sector for nine years in a row! Its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CBRE”.

This position pays $25/hour, non-negotiable.


CBRE is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law. We also provide reasonable accommodations, as needed, throughout the job application process. If you have a disability that inhibits your ability to apply for a position through our online application process, you may contact us via email at or via telephone at +1 866 225 3099 (U.S.) and +1 866 388 4346 (Canada).

NOTE: Some, but not all, of our positions may have an additional requirement to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing. If you have questions about the requirement(s) for this position, please inform your Recruiter.

CBRE, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (Women/Minorities/Persons with Disabilities/US Veterans)