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Help foster diversity in the housing industry. Connect with top student talent. 

Fannie Mae created Future Housing Leaders to address the gap in workforce diversity. By leveraging our position in the industry, we can connect college students from diverse backgrounds to opportunities with top employers in housing.

Enroll your interns for a more prepared, engaged workforce

As a program employer partner, you can give your entire internship class access to free, online housing education that includes industry-recognized certifications. Enroll your interns in the Education Program, and they’ll gain foundational knowledge of the housing industry, learn skills they can use to excel in their internships, and become familiar with career paths for future decision-making leadership positions.

Education Program and certifications

  • Housing Industry Foundations — industry-recognized learning badge
  • Housing Finance: Single-Family Residential — certifications and in-depth knowledge about this career track
  • Housing Finance: Multifamily Commercial Real Estate — financial modeling certification and in-depth knowledge about this career track
  • Professional Acumen — skills for success in the business world
  • Technical Acumen — skills for using emerging technologies in housing industry jobs

What Future Housing Leaders offers

Through proactive sourcing and partnerships at diverse universities, Future Housing Leaders provides companies in housing with a more diverse pipeline of applicants that are ready to succeed.

Here are three ways to participate so you can choose the options that work best for your company.

Promote your internships
Future Housing Leaders shares your existing internships with students through our channels and helps them prepare for the interviewing process.

Free Education Program with courses and certifications
This program includes expanded, exclusive housing education that provides professional development, training, and certification opportunities for your interns.

Executive speaking opportunities
Participate in our Housing Matters Speaker Series to promote your company, discuss important industry topics, and highlight career options with diverse students.

How to become a partner

Follow this four-step process to explore a partnership:


Designate a point person within your organization to implement the program.


Secure executive-level support at your company to help ensure success.


Prioritize Future Housing Leaders as a component of your current diversity and inclusion (D&I) goals.


Contact us to discuss your needs and learn more.

Become a partner

Employers committed to promoting diversity in the housing industry

We partner with over 65 top housing industry employers in providing internships and early career opportunities.

Employer FAQ

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Each employer makes their own decisions with respect to the length of the internship. Generally, internships are 10 weeks, usually from late May/early June through mid-August.

Each employer is responsible for their interns’ salaries. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average intern salary is $21 an hour; however, each employer sets their salaries based on market conditions and their business decisions.

Employers make all decisions with respect to interviews and selection, consistent with the principles of equal employment opportunity and their company’s business needs and selection criteria.

Participate in an onboarding call by contacting your account team representative. Don’t have an account team representative? Connect with Future Housing Leaders Director, Marcus Cole.