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Development Programs

Elevator Graduate Development Program Middle East & Africa

ELEVATOR is a personal development program for globally mobile graduates to prepare you to be ready for a hotel GM position within 5-8 years after completing the program. It is the first rung on our talent management ladder, offering accelerated development into a first management position followed by a fast track, structured career path with ongoing development to help you to maximize your future potential with us. It is a globally consistent program, managed on a Regional basis.

The 2020 Europe, Middle East & Africa Elevator application window is open from 30 September 2019 until 24 November 2019. Please click here to apply online.
Download the 2020 EMEA Elevator Programme leaflet

Finesse Finance

This program lasts around 24 months. Finesse Finance is a graduate training program that aims to develop your skills to the level of Finance Director within five-to-seven years of completing the program. Over two years, you’ll take part in two, 12-month placements in our hotels in Europe, the Middle East and/or Africa. While gaining experience in the main Finance functions, you’ll also be exposed to Operations, Business Development and Human Resources.

The 2020 Europe, Middle East & Africa Finesse Finance Graduate Development Programme application window is open from 11 November 2019 until 05 January 2020.
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Download the 2020 EMEA Finesse Programme leaflet

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Management Development Program – MEA Engineering

The Engineering Graduate Program based in Jordan, Morocco, Kingdom Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa, gives you the opportunity to apply theory to real-world situations and prepare for a future Chief Engineer position at Hilton. Over two years, you’ll gain the experience, technical skills and strategic thinking needed to thrive in today’s dynamic, competitive working environment.

The 2020 Management Development Programme – Middle East & Africa Engineering application window is open from 27 January 2020 until 08 March 2020. We will include the link for application closer to date.
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Management Development Program – Operations in Turkey

The Management Development Program is a Country-based program designed to help recent graduates to become a world-class Operational or Functional Head of Department in hospitality with a heavy focus on the Food and Beverage and Front Office departments. We aim to develop a select group of talented, nationally mobile individuals and provide the individuals with an intensive development opportunity to be running their own Food & Beverage/Front Office or Conference & Events department within 18 months. Over the duration of the programme you will be placed in two different hotels in different parts of the country for 9 months each which will allow participants to get a well – rounded experience and develop their leadership capabilities.

For this specific intake, we are looking for recent Graduates who are eligible to work in Turkey without obtaining a visa and who graduated in 2019 or 2020:

The 2020 Graduate Management Development Programme – Operations in Turkey application window is open from 20 January 2020 until 01 March 2020. We will include the link for application closer to date.

Download the 2020 MDP Operations Turkey Programme leaflet

Internship Opportunities

Along with our graduate development programs, we offer various local, regional & corporate internships. These aim to give talented graduates, who are also passionate about hospitality, a kick start to their career.

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  • Operational Internships
  • Commercial Internships
  • Financial Internships
  • Human Resource / Training Internships

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Boasting a 100 year history as the “pioneer in the hospitality industry”, Hilton offers a “world of opportunity for employees”, with a presence in over 106 countries and several international training opportunities. It is hardly surprising that Hilton scored an impressive 4.20/5 for International Opportunities, with graduates extolling the virtues of “involvement within a global and massively successful company”.

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Graduate Opportunities

What are Your Opportunities as a Student or Graduate within Hilton?

Our continued success as a global hospitality leader is built on the individual growth of our Team Members. We want you to explore the world of opportunities available to you at Hilton - in terms of jobs, functions, hotel brands and locations. Few other companies can offer you such a wide range of possibilities.

In this section you will learn more about the various Graduate Development Opportunities we can offer you, ranging from our fast track (inter)national Graduate Development Programs, Corporate and Hotel based Internships or Direct Entry Opportunities. We enable you to be the best you can be in your future roles, and give you the support you need to achieve your future career aspirations with Hilton. Whether you would like work in a hotel or a corporate setting upon graduation, we each have access to opportunities to help us capitalize on your existing talents, learn new skills, and navigate the many career roles Hilton offers.

Learning & Development

We believe that leadership development is a continuous journey where leaders learn through on-the-job and off-the-job experiences. We are excited to help our team members to Elevate, Engage and Excel via our national and international development programs. Identifying, developing and retaining the best talent via leadership programs for next generations, will maximize your potential.

Every Team Members has 24/7 access to our Hilton University tools including a wide variety of learning opportunities. Partnering with world class vendors and business schools, such as Cornell University, Harvard University & Skillsoft enable us to work, practice and develop you on global scale.

Rewards & Benefits

Being extraordinary at Hilton comes with impressive rewards and benefits. For instance, you’ll receive a competitive starting salary and, depending upon eligibility, holiday days or paid time off.

You also have instant access to our unique rewards such as the Team Member and Family Travel Program. Go Hilton” is accessible for everyone working at Hilton and offers our Team members, your Friends & Family the opportunities to discover our hotels around the world with impressive discounts on both Rooms and F&B.


This program offers a fantastic balance of training and personal development.

- Daniel Thompson, Management Development Program, 2014

I get to work in different cities across Europe, and I also have a support network of General Managers and Managers.

- Antonia Ahlers, Elevator Program, 2014

I joined the program because I wanted to develop both my practical and theoretical knowledge of finance, while working for a dynamic and global company.

- Philip Sloboda, Finesse Finance, 2014

This program offers a fantastic balance of training and personal development.

- Amarech Mahtsente, Intern

The internship programs allowed me to grow as a leader.

- Bafana Kweyama, Finance Intern

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