Fostering a culture of innovation and teamwork that attracts and retains talent

Harrison Street is a performance-driven, innovative, collaborative and passionate firm. We are committed to supporting our employees professionally and personally, which we believe make us the best fiduciary possible for our investors. We empower employees in and out of the office by providing comprehensive learning and development opportunities, health and wellness activities, community service initiatives, and equal opportunities.

We create, we learn and we grow together.


Investing in our most valuable asset, our people

Harrison Street University

Harrison Street University, led by our Human Resources department, fosters the growth of the firm’s most valuable resource: our people. We carry out our mission by providing a broad array of personal and professional development opportunities. All employees are offered on a regular basis a variety of training topics and learning options to further develop skills related to performance, productivity, communications, team building, problem solving, and personal well-being.

Harrison Street Impact Academy

Harrison Street Impact Academy (“HSIA”) falls under HSU programming and is a transformational employee development program. HSIA works toward continuing to strengthen our organizational talent and culture by enabling employees to become better leaders and adept professionals in the workplace. Our internal team members serve as content experts and facilitators to lead sessions related to enhancing performance, productivity, communications, and problem solving. Courses include topics such as; Providing Effective Feedback, Conflict Management, Creating a Development Plan, Supporting Work/Life Integration and Conducting Effective Performance Reviews.

Internship Program

Our flagship internship program has helped develop 85+ interns across the firm. We provide each intern with hands-on experience that will help them succeed in their future careers.

“In the short nine weeks that I interned at Harrison Street, I had the opportunity to work intimately with many different aspects of the real estate investing industry. Despite not having as robust of a background in real estate as some of my peers, I was quickly caught up and brought onto various projects. Through the journey, the amount of time and resources that Harrison Street had poured into the intern program was evident. From structured activities like weekly Lunch & Learns and modeling/Argus lessons to the spontaneous calls with my team leaders and mentors, I learned more over the summer than I could have in any classroom setting. Even though 2020 was a virtual summer, I felt undeniably part of the team. Every single person I worked with were welcoming, knowledgeable, and above all, genuinely caring. The culture and community at Harrison Street makes for an incredible environment to learn and grow in.”

Kaitlyn Kang, 2020 INTERN

“Interning at Harrison Street as Girls Who Invest Scholar gave me the unique opportunity to work very hands-on with the team, ranging from analysts to Vice Presidents and even Managing Directors. I felt that for a sophomore in college, Harrison Street gave me a lot of responsibilities, which I was eager to take on. For instance, I prepared and designed over half of a slide deck that was later presented and approved by the Investment Committee! It was really amazing for me to see the hard work I put in throughout the summer actually used. I never felt that I was assigned busywork, which was a great relief. On top of this, the culture at Harrison Street is unmatched. Everyone wanted to help me grow and learn, for which I am very grateful. I could not recommend an internship with Harrison Street more highly.”

Anna Nickerson, 2020 INTERN

“As an intern at Harrison Street, I worked on the Acquisitions team. From the first week, I was immediately impressed by the genuine care from everyone within the company for the interns growth and the incredible access we had to everyone even as interns. On my first day, I was already sitting in the IC Meeting. Even while being on the Acquisitions team, I had many opportunities to interact with all areas of Harrison Street such as Portfolio Management and Research simply because the interns expressed interest. Being an untraditional sophomore intern, there was a lot to learn. But the support I received was extremely beneficial, and by the end of my internship I was able to tackle projects that I would have never imagined working on at the beginning of my internship. Outside of work, the interns were often invited to sports events or other outings allowing us to further build relationships. The experience I had at Harrison Street was beyond my expectations and I am so thrilled I had the opportunity to work with the amazing people here.”


“This summer I hoped to gain an understanding of the decisions a real estate investment firm faces to raise, deploy, and return capital to investors, and how those decisions are analyzed. Throughout my twelve weeks with Harrison Street, I accomplished these goals and more. The team leaders were very inclusive, inviting us to join meetings and phone calls, and had a genuine interest in helping our intern class learn and improve. The tasks I worked on provided immediate value to real projects the teams were evaluating and I was included in the resulting analysis and discussions. Overall, the community and culture created by the leaders of Harrison Street allowed me to enjoy working with fellow employees, learn new skills and concepts every day and build relationships.”


“I am a real estate finance major at the University of Texas at Austin and I learned about Harrison Street through a career fair on my campus. Throughout the interview process Harrison Street stuck out to me because of their culture and it has been major reason I have enjoyed my summer as much as I have. The company is full of incredibly smart people who will always take time to help you or teach you something.

My favorite part of the internship was the fact that, even as an intern, I was given an opportunity to take on significant roles in real projects.

The internship at Harrison Street has improved my understanding of real estate investments by working side by side with various team members and allowing me to sit in meetings to see firsthand how the executive members think through deals.”


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Harrison Street is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, which allows everyone to thrive by encouraging, supporting and celebrating everyone’s unique perspective. We actively pursue diversity as we build our workforce, develop our leadership and create opportunity across our business

Diversifying our talent pipeline & creating a more equitable future

Harrison Street partners with organizations that provide career exploration, internships, and networking opportunities for under-resourced and underrepresented backgrounds as we strive to build a more diverse and equitable workforce.

PREA Foundation’s mission is to further the interests and values of the institutional real estate investment community by advancing industrywide diversity and inclusion.

Girls Who Invest is transforming the asset management industry by bringing more women into portfolio management and leadership.

America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, low-income, first-generation college students by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.

My Block, My Hood, My City provides youth in under-resourced communities, with new experiences, exposing them to possibilities beyond their own communities. Their mission is to help teenagers overcome the poverty and isolation they face, boosting educational attainment and opening them to opportunities that make a difference in their lives.

Jopwell is a diversity hiring startup representing over 120,000+ Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals and connects companies with underrepresented ethnic minority candidates for jobs and internships.

Chicago Scholars works with academically ambitious, first-generation college students. The seven-year program helps scholars to navigate the complex transitions into college, through college, and beyond to a career.

Greenhouse Scholars is an educational organization serving students who have faced obstacles such as poverty, homelessness, immigration, and violence. The five-year program (before, during, and after college) provides scholars one-to-one mentorship, a professional network, access to internships, leadership training, financial support, and strategic impact planning.

Creating an environment where employees feel valued, welcomed, and comfortable being who they are

Our comprehensive employee benefits include:

  • Medical, dental and vision plans
  • Life, accidental death, disability and employee assistance plans
  • 401(k) Plan with Harrison Street contribution
  • Health, Dependent Care, and Transportation Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee development opportunities
  • Management trainings that educates and focuses on creating equity within our teams
  • Harrison Street Network of Women (HS NOW)
  • Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • Summer Hours
  • Health and wellness programming
  • Tuition reimbursement or professional development stipend
  • Paid parental leave for primary and secondary caregivers
  • A wellness room where employees can escape if they are feeling unwell, stressed, or for nursing mothers
  • Monthly Cafe Connections provide one-on-one networking opportunities and foster cross department interaction
  • Intramural team offerings such as volleyball, basketball and softball
  • Monthly social events provide opportunities to engage across departments and with senior leadership
  • Game Room to connect with colleagues
  • Commuter benefits
  • Monthly cell phone bill expense

Increasing inclusion and equity across the firm, the FOCUS(ed) committee allows all voices to be heard

The purpose of the FOCUS committee is to better utilize and understand the needs of our number one asset, our people. Through increased transparency, the committee strives to enhance our various employee programs and continue to nurture the Harrison Street culture.

Strengthening our communities by volunteering and giving back

We serve the cities where we have offices by connecting our employees to meaningful volunteer opportunities and through our Charitable Gift Match Program, which supports the generosity of employees and extends their impact. Employees can engage with organizations and causes that they are personally committed to through a dollar-for-dollar match to their organizations.

As Chief People Officer, I’m honored to work for a firm that always ensures our clients, partners and people are the number one priority. At Harrison Street, we support new ideas and inspire each other to be creative, which establishes a culture of innovation, integrity, inclusion, and empowerment.

Stacy Nyenbrink, Chief People Officer