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Our European Graduate Development Programs

Elevator Graduate Development Program Europe

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.
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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.
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Management Development Program

This program lasts 18 months. The Management Development Program is a Country-based program designed to help you become a world-class Operational or Functional Head of Department in hospitality. Selected on a country-by-country basis, you’ll receive hands-on, practical experience from day one. You’ll operate at supervisor level in two properties across several departments, and within two years of completing the program, will likely become a department head.
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Interested? We invite you to apply for the September 2017 intake from 27 February until 17 April 2017.

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.

Month Program

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

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Awards & Accolades

Boasting a 95 year history as the “pioneer in the hospitality industry”, Hilton offers a “world of opportunity for employees”, with a presence in over 92 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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Your Journey Starts Here

Off to a great start of your professional career within Hilton, your journey
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Graduate Opportunities

Hilton offers an impressive range of opportunities to graduates who are motivated to become our leaders of tomorrow. In our culture of excellence, your passion for hospitality will shine through the world-class service you’ll offer our guests.

Learning & Development

We believe it’s critical that our leaders and team members have the knowledge and skills to do their jobs effectively. We have an interest and history of promoting from within the company, that’s why we provide you with the tools that allow you to grow – even after your development program has ended.

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.


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

After university, I knew I wanted to continue to learn and develop in the hospitality industry, and the Management Development Program in the UK allowed me to do exactly that.

- Daniel Thompson, Management Development Program, 2014

I developed both personally and professionally because of this program.

- Alice Nicholls, Finance Intern

I joined the program because I wanted to develop both my practical and theoretical knowledge of finance.

- Nathan Wise, Finance Intern

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