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Help advance racial equity in the housing industry

Fannie Mae created Future Housing Leaders (FHL) to address the gap in workforce diversity. By leveraging our position in the industry, we can connect college students from historically underrepresented groups to opportunities for paid summer internships and early career jobs in housing.

What Future Housing Leaders offers

Through proactive recruiting, FHL provides companies in housing with a pipeline of diverse talent. The program provides support and resources to students interested in a career in housing, helping them better understand the industry.

FHL offers employers three ways to participate, so you can choose the options that work best for your company.


Intern and full-time employee (FTE) recruiting
FHL will recruit students for your existing internship program and entry-level talent for your FTE openings, associate programs, and training programs through our free recruiting service. Maximum experience for potential FTE candidates is two years.

Curriculum and summer program
The free curriculum and summer program provides professional development, trainings, and certification opportunities. The program is available to your entire internship cohort or early-career FTE hires.

Executive speaking
Participate in our Housing Matters Speakers Series to promote your company and discuss career paths with diverse students to highlight careers in housing.

How to become a partner

Follow this four-step process to explore a partnership:


Designate the best person within your organization to implement the program.


Secure executive-level support at your company to help ensure success.


Prioritize FHL as a component of your current Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) goals.


Connect with a Fannie Mae account support team member to discuss your needs and learn more.

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Employer FAQ

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Future Housing Leaders is a Fannie Mae-led program that recruits diverse students for internships in the housing industry. The program connects them with employers and offers programming to help them succeed in their paid summer internships and entry-level jobs.

By joining Future Housing Leaders, companies in the housing industry affirm their commitment to promote a more diverse and inclusive housing workforce that better reflects the households they serve. Participating in Future Housing Leaders is an opportunity to impact the communities you serve and advance racial equity in the housing industry.

You also gain access to a pipeline of candidates with diverse backgrounds who are interested in internships and entry-level jobs in the housing industry.

Each employer makes their own decisions with respect to the length of the internship. Generally, however, internships are 10 weeks, usually from late May/early June through mid-August.

Each employer is responsible for their interns’ salaries. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average intern salary ranges from $15 – $18 an hour; however, each employer sets their salaries based on market conditions and their business decisions.

Employers make all decisions with respect to interviews and selection, consistent with the principles of equal employment opportunity and their company’s business needs and selection criteria.

Participate in an onboarding call by contacting your account team representative. Don’t have an account team representative? Connect with FHL Director, Marcus Cole.