Leadership Development and Rotational Programs

As you finish your degree program, you may be looking for ways to build leadership potential as you gain experience in your field.  Leadership development and rotational programs provide you with in-depth experiences, ongoing mentorship, and targeted  training across a range of business areas within a company.  Companies usually use these types of programs to hire interns or post-graduates and train them through rotational programs (i.e. rotating through different parts of a company) or specific, structured training programs.  The goal is to recruit and develop leaders for their organization.

It is important to note that many of these programs have special recruitment timelines (usually in the fall semester).  Each program may have unique components, length of time, pre-selected rotating work assignments, optional rotating work assignments or specific, in-depth experience in one area.

Here are some sample companies who offer these programs, but it is not a complete list so be sure to research companies or fields of interest to you to find out if they offer similar programs:

Company Name

Program Name

Industry Area

Aerospace/Defense


 
BAE Systems Developmental Programs Business/Finance/Engineering
Boeing Career Foundation Program Business/Finance (Undergraduate Only)
Lockheed Martin Leadership Development Programs General
Northrop Grumman Professional Development Program Business/Engineering
Pratt & Whitney Leadership Development Program Business/Finance/Engineering/Computer Science
Textron Leadership Development Program Business/Finance (Undergraduate Only)

 
Automotive

 
Chrysler
Leadership Development Program Engineering (Graduate Only)
Ford
College Graduate & Leadership Programs Business/Computer Science
Goodyear
Development Programs
Accounting/Finance/Engineering/Computer Science
Rolls-Royce
Leadership Programme
Finance/Engineering (Undergraduate Only)


 
Consumer Packaged Goods

 
Acosta
Leadership Development Program
Marketing
L'Oreal
Management Trainee Program
Business/Finance/Engineering
Nestle Purina
Management Trainee Program
Finance/Engineering (Undergraduate Only)
Newell Rubbermaid
Management Development Programs
Management/Marketing (Graduate Only)
Whirlpool
Leadership Development Programs
Business/Finance


 
Engineering/Technology

 
3M
Development Programs
Business/Marketing
AT&T
Developmental Program
Finance/Engineering
Caterpillar
Leadership & Technical Development Program
Engineering
Direct Energy
Leadership Development Program
General
Dow Chemical Company
Developmental Programs
Business/Finance
DuPont
Marketing Leadership Development Program
Business/Marketing (Graduate Only)
Eaton
Developmental Programs
Business/Engineering

EMC

Leadership Development Programs
Business/Finance/Engineering/Computer Science
Emerson Rotational Programs Business/Engineering
GE
Leadership Programs
Business/Finance/Engineering/Computer Science
Intel
Rotational Programs
Business/Finance/Computer Science
Owens Corning
Leadership Development Programs

Accounting/Finance

Praxair
Leadership Development Programs
Business/Engineering
Rockwell Automation
Leadership Development Programs
Business/Engineering
Siemens
Siemens Graduate Program
Business (Graduate Only)
Stanley Black & Decker
Leadership Program
General
Texas Instruments
Global Rotation Programs
Accounting/Finance/Engineering
ThermoFisher Scientific
Leadership Development Programs
Finance/Computer Science
Verizon
Rotational Programs
Business/Finance/Engineering/Computer Science


 
Financial Services

 
BB&T
Leadership Development Program
Business/Finance
Edward Jones
Headquarters Rotational Program
Finance/Computer Science (Undergraduate Only)
Fifth Third Bank
Leadership Programs
Business/Finance/Engineering/Computer Science
Franklin Templeton Investments
Futures Program
Business/Computer Science 
Genworth Financial
Finance Development Program
Accounting/Finance
M&T Bank
Management Development Program
Business 
Synovus
Management Associate Program
Business/Finance 
Vanguard
Development Programs
Business/Computer Science 
Visa
Development Programs
Business/Finance 


 
Government/International Affairs

 
Amtrak
Professional Development Program
Business/Engineering 
FBI
Presidential Management Fellows Program
Management (Graduate Only)
International Monetary Fund
Research Assistant Program
Business/Finance/Computer Science/Math (Undergraduates Only)
Federal Reserve
Cooperative Educational Program
Business/Finance/Computer Science/Law
Missile Defense Agency
Missile Defense Career Development Program
Business/Finance/Engineering/Computer Science
New York City Department of Health
Health Research Training Program
General 


 
Healthcare

 
Abbott
Professional & Management Development Programs
Finance/Engineering
Aetna Actuarial Student Training Program
Economics/Statistics/Math/Actuarial Science
Baxter
Developmental Programs
Business/Finance/Engineering 
Becton Dickinson
Developmental Programs
Business/Finance/Engineering/Computer Science 
Cardinal Health
Leadership Development Program
Business/Finance/Engineering/Computer Science 
Cigna
Leadership & Developmental Programs
Business/Finance (Graduate Only) 
Humana
Specialized College Programs
Actuarial Science/Finance/Computer Science 
Johnson & Johnson
Leadership Development Program
General 


 
Insurance

 
GEICO
Leadership Programs
Business/Computer Science 
Liberty Mutual
Undergraduate/Graduate Development Program
Actuarial Science/Business/Finance/Computer Science 
Metlife
Actuarial Development Program
Actuarial Science 
New York Life
Actuarial Training Program
Business/Finance 
Travelers
Development Programs
Actuarial Science/Finance/Computer Science 


 
Marketing/Media

 
Avery Dennison
Global Operations Leadership Development
Engineering 
Financial Times
Graduate Trainee Program
Journalism 
Harper Collins
Rotational Associate Program
Business/Finance/Computer Science 
NBC Universal
Early Career & Leadership Programs
General 
Quad/Graphics
Corporate Training Program
Computer Science 
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Associates Program
General 
Turner Broadcasting System
Turner Trainee Team
Business/Computer Science 


 
Retail

 
Abercrombie & Fitch
Leadership Development Program
Business/Finance/Management/Engineering/Computer Science
Adidas
Global Functional Trainee Program
Business 
Amazon
Development Programs
Business/Finance (Graduate Only) 
Gap Inc.
Retail Management Program
Business 
Macy's
Executive Development Program
Accounting/Finance/Computer Science 
Neiman Marcus
Executive Development Program
Business/Finance 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Management Training Program
Business/Finance
Saks Fifth Avenue Executive Development Program Business
Safeway Inc.
Leadership Program Business/Finance/Pharmacy 
Sears Holding
MBA Senior Leadership Program Business/Finance (Graduate Only) 
Target  Finance Leadership Development Program Business/Finance (Graduate Only) 
TJX Companies Inc.
Training Program Business 
     
Sports    
ESPN Training Programs General
NBA Associate Program General
NFL Junior Rotational Program Finance/Marketing

Additional Resources:

Leadership Excellence Ranks Top Leadership Development Programs
2012-2013 Top Leadership Development Program Survey - Results