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Chicago Scholars Emerge April Career Partner Highlight

April Career Partner Highlight:

PPM America

We’re just over one month away from the start of our Emerge Summer Career & Leadership Program – and to celebrate, we’re kicking off a series of spotlights on several of our incredible Emerge Career Partners, the companies and organizations that make our Emerge internships possible. For each, we’ll give you a special look at what called them to partner with us, tell stories of their Scholar interns – and maybe inspire you and your company to partner too!

Our April Career Partner of the Month is PPM America, a Chicago-based real estate and investment firm that has hosted several Emerge Interns, and is always looking to deepen their connection to the Chicago community through partnership and consistent work. Read more to see all of their responses:


Firstly, why did you choose to partner with Chicago Scholars?

“Jackson, PPM America (PPM) and our dedicated associates are proud to support Chicago Scholars in providing students opportunities to build future skills to thrive. Pairing corporate sponsorship with employee engagement multiplies our collective impact with local nonprofits. We give priority to organizations like Chicago Scholars that provide valuable programming to strengthen families and create economic opportunities, ultimately building stronger communities for everyone.”

To continue, why did PPM choose to go beyond just supporting Chicago Scholars as a general financial sponsor, but to sponsor an intern as part of the Emerge program?

We recognize the positive impact we can make in our communities extends beyond our financial commitment.  Our employees are eager to invest their time and experience to enhance our efforts with our non-profit partners.  The Emerge program provided an excellent opportunity for our employees to directly engage with our community and amplify the value our organization places upon the diverse strengths our employees bring to work every day.”

What is PPM looking to accomplish through your internship program?

“PPM’s robust internship curriculum aims to foster and deepen connections within our local communities by creating meaningful pathways and opportunities for young professionals in the world of asset management while also providing mentorship and leadership skill development.”

What qualities does PPM look for in potential Emerge interns? 

“We look for the same qualities in interns that we pursue in all professionals that join our team: individuals who exhibit humbleness, directness, and dedication to delivering results.”

Finally, what are your hopes for the young adults of Chicago?

“We hope that through our passion of giving back to our communities, the young adults of Chicago are provided bountiful opportunities and dedicated resources to support and inspire them in achieving financial freedom and positively impacting their community.”

Inspired by PPM’s work with our Scholars? Head here to learn more about becoming a partner with us!