Management Training Program

DDR’s Management Training Program is designed to build future leaders in the organization. In 2000, senior management created the program with the belief that talent should be developed from within the organization, acknowledging a unique opportunity to hire high-performing college students, historically overlooked in an industry (commercial real estate) overly focused on experience.

This unique 18-month rotation-based program exposes individuals to the key operating departments of the organization to develop trainees into well-rounded real estate professionals. Rotational assignments are based on individual career development goals as well as the business needs of DDR. A strong interest in the commercial real estate industry is essential.

The Management Training Program consists of six three-month rotations in key operating departments of the Company. Once rotations are successfully completed, trainees will be placed into a permanent position and department. Typical rotations are completed within some variation of the following departments: Leasing, Development, Asset Management, Investor Relations, Transactions, Capital Markets, and National Accounts.

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 to travel and participate in industry conferences through the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts


  • The ideal candidate is a college senior working toward a four-year college degree
  • 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

Application and Interviewing Process

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.