Step Up to Engineer a Solution by Joining Us as a Sponsor

The AOBA Educational Foundation (AEF) works to help local property management firms identify and hire entry-level building engineering/maintenance employees. While AEF is a separate non-profit organization, we benefit from our close relationship with members of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington.

To support this workforce development initiative, AEF is actively seeking additional partnerships and strategic investments with those who want to build a pipeline of qualified candidates to support the commercial real estate industry and the local economy.  Please download our one-page outline of Sponsorship Levels and Benefits and for details, contact Interim Executive Director Marc Fischer or Director of Outreach Sarah Benson.

AEF also encourages employers to consider taking advantage of the Foundation’s year-round workforce development support. We can connect you to ready-to-work, pre-screened candidates for your open maintenance/technician positions!  Contact our Workforce Development Manager Shara Kurcz for details.

In addition, each year, we seek employers who will step up to become a Paid Internship Sponsor By hosting one or more interns, commercial property management companies –as well as multifamily property managers, commercial janitorial contractors, and skilled trades companies — are encouraged to participate as a “Sponsor” in the internship program. Watch our website in the fall of 2019 for plans for our 2020 internship program.

Sponsor Responsibilities for Paid Internship Program

In addition to the salary of each intern, AOBA Educational Foundation (AEF) will charge a small fee (estimated at $1,500 per intern per year) to cover costs associated with the Paid Internship Program.

Between the direct payroll costs paid to the intern and AEF’s administrative costs, we estimate the internship will cost each AOBA member firm:

  • Internship Fee to AEF – $1,500
  • Payroll Cost to Interns ($15 per hour x 40 hours per week x 12 weeks) = $7,200
  • Miscellaneous costs = $200

Depending upon each firm’s human resources processes and internal overhead allocation, the Sponsor might also incur minimal expenses above and beyond the direct costs of the internship program.

Five Ways to Help as an AEF Internship Sponsor

  1. Help us screen candidates.
  2. Help us build a robust training program.
  3. Hire an Intern.
  4. Help us teach Internship sessions.
  5. Hire an Intern at the end of the program.

Thank you to our sponsors!

As we continue to grow the program in 2019, more sponsors will be added. For more information, please contact Marc Fischer.

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