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Intern Spotlight: Matthew Hopkins


Over the last three months, we had the pleasure of welcoming Matthew Hopkins, a Senior at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to our summer internship program. Working closely with our seasoned partner, Bob Swain, CCIM, Matthew learned about the dynamic world of commercial real estate. He took on key responsibilities, such as conducting market research for active listings, managing prospect databases, and learning the importance of staying organized while growing a commercial real estate clientele.

We want to wish Matthew the best of luck in his final year at Boulder. It has been great having him in our Bellevue office, and we look forward to seeing him grow into a promising professional in the future. Before his departure, we asked him about his time here at NAI Puget Sound Properties - here were his thoughts:

How did you first learn about NAI?

“I first learned about NAI through my dad because he uses Bob Swain to handle his lease issues and property management duties. I have always been interested in commercial real estate and after talking with my dad I got into contact with Bob where I was eventually offered a spot to intern for the summer.”

What is the most valuable thing you have learned at NAI PSP?

“I learned many valuable lessons from NAI PSP that are applicable to different aspects of my life. The most valuable lesson I learned is that hard work and doing the extra step is important to ensure you are providing your client with the best service.”

Describe working at NAI PSP in 3 words.

“Resourceful, caring, community”

What is your favorite building in the Puget Sound Region?

“My favorite building in the Puget Sound region would be the building that sits on Pier 57. The reason I love the building is because it represents the history and agriculture of Seattle very well. It is filled with restaurants that serve food that is caught locally in the Puget Sound and is covered in neon signs that make you want to explore the inside. The building is always packed with tourists and never fails to make me appreciate the city.”

What’s your hidden talent?

“I'm good at speaking Spanish. I'm not fluent but I can get the job done.”

Tell us about the weirdest job you’ve ever had.

“I have an internship in Kenya where I'll help behind the scenes of safaris in the Maasai Mara.”

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