Accounting Professional Development

Designed to develop accounting professionals to meet the growing needs of the organization, this unique 18-month rotation program exposes individuals to a variety of accounting/finance departments and opportunities to develop well-rounded real estate accounting professionals.

Rotational assignments are based on career development goals and the business needs of DDR. A keen interest in real estate accounting is essential. Individual mentoring by management, peers and alumni of the program are essential components of the continued success of this program. The development program includes rotations in the following departments: Lease Accounting, Property Reporting, Capital Markets, Funds Management, Corporate Accounting, and Audit Services.

Program Highlights

  • Formal one-week orientation and on-boarding program
  • On-the-job training and exposure to the key operating departments of a New York Stock Exchange-listed and fully-integrated Real Estate Investment Trust
  • The chance to work on highly visible assignments and projects
  • Mentorship from senior executives
  • Formal performance review and evaluation process
  • The opportunity for a flexible career path in any of the departments completed during the program, depending on business need


  • The ideal candidate is a college senior working toward a four-year college degree in accounting or finance
  • Has a sincere career interest in the commercial real estate industry
  • Possesses excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Exhibits strong attention to detail and critical thinking skills
  • Has outstanding leadership potential


College recruiting begins in September of each year, and formal offers are typically extended in December. Interested students should submit a cover letter and résumé here. As applications are reviewed, phone interviews will be conducted, followed by office interviews at the Company’s headquarters in Beachwood (Cleveland), OH. Rotations begin in June every year and are reset every three months thereafter.