MBA Leadership Development Program

A Development Program For Executive-Level Leaders That’s Tailored To Each Individual

Dow's Leadership Development Program is not a rotational program. It offers internships leading to potential full time opportunities for a highly select group of accomplished professionals who aspire to executive-level leadership roles.

Dow leaders who joined the company through the Leadership Development Program share their experiences and perspectives on this challenging and rewarding opportunity. Watch a video of their stories to learn more about the program.

Since inception, 80% of interns have been extended full-time offers

Interns are recruited from among first year, full time, MBA candidates across four targeted schools. The internship is conducted over the summer between the first and second year of school, and is a requirement to be considered for a full time offer in the program. Full time offers are extended to interns at the conclusion of the internship, based on performance and mutual fit. Start dates are typically the following August and upon the candidate’s successful completion of the MBA. Upon acceptance, Dow works with each individual to identify initial assignments based on individual interests, capabilities and business needs. This is not a rotational program, and each individual can expect a unique series of diverse and highly impactful roles, not a pre-programmed sequence of jobs with prescribed duration. Examples of roles that full time program hires may experience within the first five years of joining the company include: Corporate Strategy Development, Finance Director, Global Business Director, Strategic Marketing Director, and Global Product Manager.

Additional Full Time Position Highlights

  • Above market compensation
  • Potential tuition reimbursement
  • Accelerated career path based on performance, achieving “top 2%” business leadership roles in 5-7 years
  • Continued engagement from program leadership throughout onboarding and early assignments
  • Opportunity to work across a variety of businesses, domestic locations, and potential international assignments
  • Ability to have a significant, positive impact on global challenges


  • Program Established 2007
  • Program graduates to represent Top 2% of Dow in 5-7 years
  • Recruit exclusively at five leading US business schools:
    • Kellogg School of Management,
    • Harvard Business School,
    • The University of Chicago Booth School of Business,
    • Michigan Ross School of Business

Ideal Candidate

  • Desire to lead a large international business in a Fortune 50 firm
  • 5 to 7 years of relevant work experience prior to business school
  • Strong critical thinking skills, demonstrating commercial and financial acumen
  • Comfortable in a “humble yet high performing” culture, requiring effective teamwork while also demanding a high degree of individual accountability
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and high level of Emotional Intelligence (“EQ”)
  • Internships are offered to first year, full time MBA candidates, only. The internship is a requirement for full time roles in this program


The purpose of the internship is to mutually assess the fit of the candidate for a full time offer leading to senior business leadership roles. To that end, interns will work in small, diverse teams to tackle high-impact, business-related projects aligned with Dow’s strategy.

Interns are expected to apply their prior work experiences as well as the analytical tools and insights gained from business school to deliver fresh, provocative, and actionable solutions. Equally important, the role of each intern is to actively network across the company to develop their own assessment of Dow, our culture and the full-time career opportunity.

The internship is based at Dow corporate headquarters in Midland, MI to provide maximum exposure to Dow executives and senior leaders.

Additional Internship Highlights

  • Relocation and furnished apartment provided
  • Country Club and Fitness Center memberships provided
  • Individual Mentors and Advisors assigned from among senior level leaders
  • Organized social networking events
  • Executive presentation skills training
  • Organized trips to other Dow US sites

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