We build cities for people, not cars.

Construction Management Intern

$40k - $44k
Tempe, AZ
Job Type
1+ years
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About the role

Who We Are

Culdesac is a real estate and technology startup that builds cities for people, not cars. Our goal is to create the first car-free city in the US. We started by creating the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the US - Culdesac Tempe, a $200 million mixed-use neighborhood development for 1,000 residents opening in 2022. The neighborhood covers 17 acres and features 55% open space, shared courtyards, and abundant bookable spaces. Culdesac is the co-developer and tech-enabled property manager.

Read more about our vision, our product, and how we are changing how people live, work, and move:

Introducing Culdesac: Building car-free neighborhoods from scratch by Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)

The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood by The New York Times

Paying Rent Will Get You Wheels in New Car-Free Complex by Bloomberg

New Arizona Development Bans Residents From Bringing Cars - WSJ by Wall Street Journal

11 rules for buying an ebike. Ebikes are about to change the world. By Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)

We’re headquartered in Tempe, AZ and were founded in 2018. CEO Ryan Johnson was previously on the founding team of Opendoor. We raised a $30M Series A in January 2022. Our investors include top VCs like Khosla Ventures, Lennar (LenX), Founders Fund, Zigg Capital, Initialized Capital, Byers Capital, and Y Combinator.

The Role

Culdesac is looking for a Construction Management Intern to assist in the horizontal and vertical construction phases of Culdesac Tempe. This is a part-time role for a multi-phase project. You will collaborate with the Culdesac and Sunbelt Holdings team in field meetings and online communications to help deliver on-time and on-budget a 761-unit car-free apartment community with 16,000 sq. ft. of retail. You will work closely with a team of general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers , and other partners under the management of Culdesac and Sunbelt Holdings. You will ramp up quickly in this fast-paced, productive environment.

The Requirements

While this list represents what we are ideally looking for, we encourage you to apply even if your resume includes strengths and experiences that don’t match everything listed here.

Experience with monitoring the development process, project budget, and construction schedule to ensure Culdesac targets are met. You will review and recommend for approval or modification monthly draw packages from the general contractor, including the review of change orders and RFIs as they are presented.

You can juggle many components of a mixed-use, large-scale construction project, all with strict deadlines and budgets, simultaneously. This is more important to us than a specific # of years of experience, but we expect most to need at least  1-2 years in the industry to gain this experience, while also attending a Construction Management program at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Along with your Culdesac and Sunbelt Holdings development managers, you will engage with general contractors, architects, engineers, and other project partners to solve problems in the field, meet project budget and schedule targets, and track redlines and as-builts.

You will attend at least two weekly all-hands-on-deck meetings onsite and be available for some weekday meetings onsite as necessary.

You will collect photographic documentation of construction progress.

You will review monthly progress summaries from general contractors and Owner's Rep and prepare an internal progress summary for Culdesac.

Driven, ambitious person with an innate sense of humility. You are detail-oriented and experienced in the review of blueprints and draw packages.

You have top-notch written and oral communication skills. You also have the ability to think strategically and analytically, and you thrive in a fast-paced environment.

You prioritize a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micromobility, and other alternatives to private cars.


We are headquartered in Tempe, AZ, and our office is located in the heart of downtown Tempe. We encourage employees to visit and work in our beautiful Tempe office and offer relocation assistance to those who’d like to move to Tempe. We also have remote positions, and we work hard to create a first-class, remote-friendly environment.

Benefits & Perks

Large office in the heart of Downtown Tempe.

Lunch provided daily.

Access to fleet of ebikes and scooters to try, use while at work, and check out for personal use.

Planned social outings with fellow interns.

Company pop-ups and parklets that provide recreation and connection to the community.

Weekly access to the CEO (founding team of Opendoor) in office; monthly 1:1s with co-founders.

Encouraged to provide direct input to big decisions.

Our Values

As sprawl became commonplace in our cities, we felt less connected to each other. We normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. Our cities blend technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. Come help us make our residents happier, healthier, and more productive in the years they spend with us and the moments they spend together.

At Culdesac, we:

Work as a team

Be inclusive, drawing on the strengths of people who bring a different perspective.

Find ways to work together that overcome disciplinary and geographic separations.

Ship, including the last 10%

Be output oriented. Ship.

Our mission weaves us deep into people's lives. Respect that trusted relationship by seeing your work through to the end, including the last 10%.

Embrace the full-stack

We have a competitive advantage in operationally complex, capital-intensive work.

Tackling all the layers in the stack gives us an opportunity to deliver an exceptional user experience.

Always remember Rule #0: learn from those who have done it before.

Ask people for feedback

Only users know if we’re creating value for them.

We get better by observing behavior and asking others how we can improve.

Respect the limits of what we can know and plan. In the complex organism of a city, emergent behavior rules.

Design for humans

The messiness of human preferences and decision making is the rich soil where our product grows.

Human paradoxes and contradictions are our opportunity to create joy.

Next Steps

If you think Culdesac might be a good fit, we encourage you to apply! You have nothing to lose, and we'll respond to you within a week.

If we move forward, here's our typical process:

  1. A 15-minute video call with a project engineer to understand your high-level background and cover logistics & expectations.

  2. A 20-minute video call with a hiring manager to dig more into your background & experience.

  3. A 30-minute phone call with a construction management partner.

  4. A 45-minute video call with our COO overviewing how you would fit in Culdesac’s mission, vision, and culture.

At each step, we leave time for you to ask us questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Culdesac is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Why you should join Culdesac

Our cities should be celebrated. They have been the largest driver of innovation in human history. But somewhere along the way, things broke and our quality of life suffered. We built our lives around our cars as cookie-cutter housing popped up around the country. Sprawl became commonplace, and we normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. We became more isolated and felt less connected to each other. It doesn't have to be this way.

We're building cities for people, not cars. Our team blends technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. We come from different backgrounds to bring a fresh perspective on what's possible. As a team, we keep a pulse on our community and what they need. We ride our e-bikes to lunch, host pop-ups on construction sites and make 16-acre cornstarch art pieces. We cultivate these relationships and bring our community closer together so they can experience the neighborhood they deserve.

Team Size:32
Location:Tempe, AZ
Jeff Berens
Jeff Berens
Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson