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2024 Executive Training Program

Website Ruder Finn

As one of the leading independent PR agencies in the world, we at Ruder Finn foster a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that is singular in today’s communications world. Our culture is built on putting excellence before seniority, hunger for knowledge, as well as achievement and independence to pursue what’s next.

Ruder Finn’s 12-week paid Executive Training program offers a unique opportunity for recent college graduates to work in a fast-paced environment and learn from some of PR’s best and brightest practitioners. Begun in 1978, our ET Program offers Executive Trainees the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as integral members of account teams working full-time on exciting client accounts. They will also attend bi-weekly Lunch & Learn sessions and participate in other educational and social activities.

Ruder Finn is a dynamic and energetic group of communications professionals who place a high priority on problem-solving skills, ingenuity and imagination to help clients achieve real business results. Applicants must be passionate about exploring a career in the communications industry and will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the following: client interaction, media monitoring, drafting various forms of content, assisting with new business and client research, attending client and team meetings and providing detailed recaps, and much more. Executive Trainees will provide support to one of our core sectors.

This program requires in-person attendance once a week to attend our Lunch & Learn sessions. The first week of the program will also require mandatory in-person attendance for all onboarding sessions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (by start of program)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Fundamental research, writing and critical-thinking skills
  • Proactive mindset with ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Flexibility and enthusiasm to adapt to shifting priorities
  • Meticulous attention to detail with the ability to juggle multiple assignments
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Can thrive in a fast-paced deadline-oriented environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Prior internship experience preferred but not required

Additional Information

  • ETs must be available to work full-time, 40 hours/week
  • The anticipated compensation range for this position, at the time of posting, is $18.00-22.00/hour with eligibility for overtime. This range is an estimate based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, education, internal equity, geography, relevant years of experience, certifications, skills, abilities of the selected applicant, and other job-related qualifications
  • ETs may have advancement opportunities upon completion of the Executive Training Program

Application Requirements

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample and/or creative portfolio (Examples: press release, pitch letter, media kit, campus newspaper, etc.)

Please note: The application deadline is July 31, 2024.

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Listing Expires: July 31, 2024
Major(s): Public Relations