Beedie Urban Development Program Open Applications

Deadline: Fri April 21, 2017

Mar 30, 2017

The Beedie Urban Development Program is accepting applications for the summer cohort term!

Application Deadline: April 21, 2017

Details: Apply on Beedie Community – Job #ID 14631



The Beedie Urban Development Program (BUDP) offers undergraduate students opportunities to learn about the inner workings of urban development, its role in the Lower Mainland,  and opportunities within the industry. With unprecedented growth rates in Metro Vancouver, urban development is becoming more and more integral to the way our cities function. Urban development professionals (a diverse group including city planners, real estate agents, developers, property managers, and government officials) have the unique role of connecting communities, government, and businesses to enhance living conditions in the present and future.

With its first cohort beginning in May 2017, this program offers a select group of Beedie undergraduates the chance to explore the field of urban development through in-depth and engaging content designed in collaboration with the Urban Development Institute (UDI). BUDP is a student-run initiative in partnership with the Beedie Career Management Centre with the goal of empowering and educating the next generation of urban development professionals. For more information on our program content, click here.


As a participant in BUDP, you will have access to numerous opportunities to kickstart your career in urban development, including:

  • A six-workshop program covering foundational aspects of urban development
  • Two office tours with prominent development firms and exclusive networking opportunities
  • A choice group of like-minded students interested in urban development
  • A celebratory wrap up event allowing you to network with industry professionals upon completion of the program


A select group of 15 to 20 students will be chosen for the Beedie Urban Development Program. These students will learn the fundamentals of urban development through a series of interactive workshops and have exclusive opportunities to network with top urban development professionals. The nine-week program schedule is as follows:

Workshops and Office Tours

BUDP workshops feature content curated in partnership with the Urban Development Institute. This insightful content will be delivered through lessons by experienced industry professionals over the course of nine weeks. Designed to be interactive and engaging, the program will give students the chance to enhance their knowledge of the urban development industry.

Participants will also have access to exclusive office tours with prominent urban development firms. Through these tours, participants will have the chance to see firsthand how a development firm is run and to make connections with potential employers.

WEEK ONE Land Acquisition (May 10, 2017)
The acquisition process, sourcing and assembling sites, deal structure, approach, and negotiations

WEEK TWO: Approvals (May 17, 2017)
The basic approvals process (civil and council), due diligence checklist, new tools

WEEK THREE: Financing (May 24, 2017)
Financing options, basic underwriting (risk and reward), conditions precedent

WEEK FOUR: Office Tour (May 29 – June 2, 2017)
Tour of a prominent development firm with opportunities for networking with recruiters

WEEK FIVE: Sales & Marketing (June 7, 2017)
Building a marketing strategy, target markets, and maximizing a sales team’s effectiveness

WEEK SIX: Construction (June 14, 2017)
Budgets, detailed estimates, cost control, and quality control

WEEK SEVEN: Career Development (June 21, 2017)
Career opportunities, tailoring cover letters and resumes for urban development positions

WEEK EIGHT: Office Tour (June 26-30, 2017)
Tour of a prominent development firm with opportunities for networking with recruiters

WEEK NINE: Wrap Up Reception (July 6, 2017 TENTATIVE)
Celebratory reception to finish off the program, including full-course dinner, keynote speaker, and more.

**All workshops will be on Wednesdays, from 6-8PM at SFU Harbour Center and WOSK Centre.

Wrap Up Event

To conclude the program, a celebratory wrap up event will be hosted for student participants, Beedie School of Business faculty and industry professionals to attend. The evening will feature a full-course dinner, speeches, opportunities to network, and an overall celebration of the completion of BUDP. Stay tuned for location information and evening itinerary.



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To apply, complete the application on the Beedie Community website and submit the required components (see below) to Successful applicants will commit to attending all program workshops, office tours, and the wrap-up event. Undergraduate students from the Beedie School of Business are eligible. We are looking for students who are passionate about urban development and have experience in extracurricular involvements that have displayed their leadership and commitments.

Required Application Components:

  • Application form (specific requirements detailed on the Beedie Community website)
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Unofficial transcript

Fee: $100 upon acceptance (there is no fee for applying)

Interviews will be held on April 24-28