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Leadership Development Programs, also called rotational programs, are meant to provide entry-level hires with a cross functional perspective of an organization. These programs can vary from a few months to a few years, where the employee spends several weeks or months in each of the key functional areas of the employer. The goal of these programs is to expose high potential employees to multiple aspects of the company with the hope that they will advance in the future to lead across those functions.

Leadership Development Programs should not be confused with Gap-Year opportunities, which are structured for an employee to stay with the organization for only a set term. In contrast, Leadership Development Programs are an investment the organization is making in their employees to prepare them for advanced leadership roles within that organization.

To help you explore these programs, we created the following list of Leadership Development Programs. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list; we intend for you to use it as a starting point. You can also meet with an OCS adviser to further discuss your options.

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Abbott Management Development Program

Assignments in our rotational Development Programs are formally structured, two-to-three-year assignments designed to let participants explore new career opportunities and experiences based on specific functions or disciplines.

Abercrombie & Fitch Leadership Development Program

The A&F Leadership Development Programs are highly competitive initiatives, unique for their entrepreneurial structure, and provide immediate exposure to senior level leaders. With a “promote from within” mentality, these programs have been designed to shape top candidates into the future leaders of our company. We want students who are motivated, creative, and strategic – natural leaders seeking to drive results in a team-based environment.

Becton Dickinson Development Programs

As a global leader in the medical technology industry, BD provides early-career associates with the opportunity to be fully immersed in the life-changing work we do every day. We do this through our Learning and Development programs, which provide recent college graduates with an opportunity to make an immediate impact and gain rewarding work experiences through rotational assignments within a functional area.


Within the Bertelsmann group of companies, some of our divisions and companies offer a wide variety of international and local educational, trainee, internship, developmental, and rotational programs that help different target groups explore and discover the many different faces of our companies. Through this discovery process pathways and opportunities are revealed that will help you define and begin the journey of Creating Your Own Career within our family of media and services companies.

Boeing Rotational Program

Gain valuable experience working alongside mentors on real-life projects, while developing skills to start your career. We have opportunities in business, engineering, human resources and information technology.

Chronicle Books Design Fellowship

The Chronicle Books Design Fellowship Program is an opportunity for four early-career designers to gain hands-on experience designing our distinctive books, gifts and brand alongside our in-house creative teams.

Chrysler Leadership Development Programs

We offer several opportunities designed to grow and develop the next generation of aspiring leaders at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Our Leadership Development Programs are highly selective, ensuring that we have smart, nimble, creative and motivated professionals who are preparing for an exciting future with us.

Cigna Leadership Development Programs

Cigna's Leadership Development Programs (LDPs) are more than just jobs-our programs are the perfect opportunity to launch your career. LDPs serve a critical role in the recruitment of our early career talent. Each of our programs offers a unique experience tailored to help you achieve your career goals. Our LDPs provide experiences across the country in several of our offices and, depending on business needs, associates may have the opportunity to work internationally.

Columbia Publishing Course

An intensive, six-week introduction to all aspects of book, magazine and digital publishing.

Dow Jones Journalism Internships

An internship at Dow Jones is not only about you – what you contribute individually, but also about how you function, interact and thrive on a team. Here at Dow Jones we value interns: your fresh perspectives, differing approaches, and “hey, let’s give this a try” attitude. We need your skills, innovative ideas and unique backgrounds to help us navigate the ever changing media/ news landscape.

Miami Ad School

This global network of schools is hardly a mom & pop operation, but there is a Mom & Dad of Miami Ad School. Ron & Pippa Seichrist gave birth to this innovative concept in 1993 and are still very involved in the constant evolution of the school. We partner with the industry to create the most unique portfolio program possible that reflects the latest needs of global advertising agencies and brands. The atmosphere is a little kooky, but when you walk into a Miami Ad School anywhere in the world, you'll feel at home. You’ll be surrounded by friendly people gathered in small groups brainstorming ideas or concepting over a game of ping pong. Chances are you’ll also be met by a happy wagging dog. As a student, you enter a very large, close family and graduate over prepared with a great portfolio and global, real-world experience.

NASPAA: State and Local Government Management Internships

These one-to-two year training programs are designed to introduce master’s degree graduates to state and local government management.

NCAA Leadership Development

NCAA leadership development provides education and training for college athletes, coaches and administrators to assist with the transition to life after college sports, to foster the growth of the next generation of leaders and to encourage athletics administrators to translate lessons learned through competition.Training sessions are also available for athletics administrators and coaches that provide opportunities to enhance their skills and advance their careers.

Nielsen Emerging Leaders Program

Nielsen is a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy.

NYU Summer Publishing Institute

The Summer Publishing Institute (SPI) immerses students in an intense, six-week study of book, magazine, and digital publishing. Now entering its 39th year, the program combines workshops, strategy sessions, and presentations by some of the leading figures in publishing. Our faculty members and speakers introduce students to the editorial, marketing, creative, business, sales, and digital aspects of the industry. The program also places a large emphasis on using editorial and media skills in a wider range of media brands such as pure digital and e-commerce companies.

Project Horseshoe

Project Horseshoe Farm is a 501(c)3 community based non-profit organization in Greensboro, Alabama. Since its founding in 2007, Horseshoe Farm has grown to become a multifaceted service and leadership development organization dedicated to strengthening our community, improving the quality of life of our vulnerable neighbors, and preparing citizen service leaders for tomorrow's communities. Horseshoe Farm has developed and runs innovative support programs for adults in our community including a Health Partners Program, Day Programs, and Enhanced Independent Living Housing Programs. We also support children through our comprehensive K-12 after school tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment programs. Finally, Project Horseshoe Farm offers pioneering community based leadership development programs including an intensive one year Fellowship for top recent college graduates interested in the intersection of Leadership, Community, and Service in Healthcare and Education.

Restaurant Brands International

Our Leadership Development Program (LDP) is one of the most important ways for us to grow the future leaders of our business. Bring us big ideas, real confidence and entrepreneurial flair, and you will likely be given the chance to prove yourself on real-world challenges right from the start. The learning curve is seriously steep here – and the early exposure to leadership responsibility will help you to develop rapidly.

The Madison Square Garden Company Associate Program

We believe in developing talent and helping to create the leaders of tomorrow. One way we do this is through The Madison Square Garden Company Student Associate Program. This program is designed to create real, valuable opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn, grow and explore The Madison Square Garden Company and gain valuable experience they can use throughout their careers. Student Associate opportunities are available in all facets of our business including MSG Sports, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment, as well as at our venues and throughout our corporate divisions.

The Martin Agency Student Workshop

Every year, college students from around the country descend on our Richmond headquarters for a 10-day crash course in all things Martin and advertising. And it's just like real advertising.

Turner Broadcasting

Turner is a global media company with the most valuable entertainment and news brands in the world. Turner creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and eSports.

University of Denver: Denver Publishing Institute

The Denver Publishing Institute is the ideal launching pad for your career in book publishing. During four weeks, it will introduce you to the exciting and ever-changing world of book publishing. The course will provide a solid educational foundation and an excellent network for your subsequent job search. The Institute is taught by industry professionals who work at trade, university, textbook, and small independent publishers throughout the country as well as in New York. Our graduates go on to publishing careers around the country and the world. You'll find some of our recent graduates at HarperCollins; Penguin Group; Oxford University Press; Chicago Review Press; Sourcebooks, Inc; Pearson; McGraw-Hill and many more.

WPP Marketing Fellowship

WPP's unique annual Fellowships for graduates and MBAs aim to develop high-caliber management talent with experience across a range of marketing disciplines. The program is unique in its multi-disciplinary approach and is designed to complement the recruitment activities of individual companies.