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Real estate’s first truly international graduate programme

Across six markets Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Poland and UK

Leading global real estate services and investment management company, Colliers International, in partnership with RICS have launched real estates’ first truly international graduate programme.


This market differentiating programme will provide the next generation with the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification whilst they travel, explore and experience what it is like to live and work in a different country. Over two years successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in three of the six participating markets - Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Poland and UK. The virtual application process opens on 01 February 2021.


We see the development of emerging talent as one of the key drivers to our success and pivotal in ensuring that we stay at the forefront of the real estate industry. Our new international graduate programme will allow us to recruit new and dynamic talent from across the region who are excited as we are about building that future together,” said Chris McLernon, Colliers’ EMEA CEO.


The impact of COVID-19 pandemic is still very much apparent and will mean that the application process will be entirely virtual. We will be monitoring the situation to ensure successful candidates can connect with each other in person prior to their first international rotation.  And we are hopeful that graduates will have the opportunity to explore and experience what it is like to work and live abroad, by the time the first international rotation is due to take place in September 2022.” 


Prior to the application process opening, students across the region can now register their interest in Colliers International’s future programmes and stay updated with the newly launched Colliers Early Careers Website. This platform will be the hub for the next generation across the region, providing them tips for the application process, ways to stay updated with property news and updates on work experience opportunities.






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About Colliers International

Colliers International (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading real estate professional services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, our more than 15,000 enterprising professionals work collaboratively to provide expert advice to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors. For more than 25 years, our experienced leadership, owning approximately 40% of our equity, has delivered compound annual investment returns of almost 20% for shareholders. In 2019, corporate revenues were more than $3.0 billion ($3.5 billion including affiliates), with $33 billion of assets under management in our investment management segment.

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