Enrich. Empower. Connect.

Harold “Hal” Eisenberg was a visionary and a leader, a teacher and a mentor. To carry on his legacy, the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation has developed education programs that provide students with invaluable exposure to the real world of real estate.

Our programs connect aspiring students to seasoned professionals and hands-on experiences designed to launch their career paths.

Our Programs

Mentorship & Career Counseling

Spend a day with a mentor! Our cornerstone education initiative, the Mentor Program offers students the opportunity to spend a full-day shadowing an industry leader. Mentees will have a front row seat to the real estate world through these intimate one-on-one day-long journeys.

Spend an hour with a career counselor! Building on the tremendous success of the Mentor Program, the Career Counseling Program offers students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an industry leader for short career counseling sessions lasting approximately one hour.

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Career Day

This annual two-day event allows students the opportunity to network with industry leaders while gaining valuable exposure to the Chicago real estate world. Over 100 of the brightest real estate students in the Midwest and nationwide are given exclusive access to two development project site tours, a “Young Guns” dinner and panel discussion with rising stars in the industry, and a roundtable lunch with executive leaders. The event culminates with a Job/Internship Fair.

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Real Estate Challenge

This annual competition challenges student teams to act as individual development companies by creating plans for a significant site in the Chicago area. The teams, along with their advisors, determine what should be built and provide a full analysis explaining their plan as well as the effects it would have on the community. The winning plan is the most economically viable and most complementary to the unique uses of the surrounding site.

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Scholar Program

The Scholar Program is so much more than a scholarship. Over the course of six months, the experience provides 3-5 exceptional real estate students with the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with real estate innovators for a deep dive into the working world of real estate. The program includes partnering with a “super mentor”, mentorship and career counseling sessions, access to industry events, and so much more.  It culminates with a scavenger hunt at the ICSC RECon convention in Las Vegas and a scholarship of up to $5,000 per Scholar.

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Each year, the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation awards multiple scholarships, totaling over $40,000 annually, to deserving real estate students throughout the Midwest.  Our scholarship award winners are chosen based on academic performance, commitment to service, and dedication to pursuing a career in the real estate industry. The Foundation has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships since its inception.

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Past Recipients

Speaker Series

Harold Eisenberg’s passion for learning and enthusiasm for the real estate business is at the heart of the Speaker Series. This program offers the opportunity to have real estate experts’ work with students or business professionals to discuss contemporary issues facing today’s real estate world. We believe their expertise can be invaluable in adding a unique perspective to a classroom, meeting, conference or event.

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Accredited Courses

We have developed several accredited courses for undergraduate and graduate real estate students to provide them with exposure to the real world of real estate as well as insights into different career paths. The series of lectures provided by our real estate professionals focus primarily on retail real estate development.

Recently, courses have been offered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Notre Dame.  Additionally, many universities give course credit for student participation in the Real Estate Challenge.


Job Hunting? HEEF can help!

We are dedicated to connecting students with industry leaders and opportunities that could define their career. Please find a current list of available jobs in real estate.

Employers, to post a job please email us at info@eisenbergfoundation.org with the job information.

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The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation
540 W. Frontage Rd., Suite 2210   Northfield, IL 60093
847-433-3050   info@eisenbergfoundation.org