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Our leadership development programs (LDP) offer full-time paid positions with Ameriprise to high-achieving recent graduates. During the 18-24 month program, you will be placed in the line of business of your choice where you will rotate through various key areas. You will work on important projects to gain experience and leadership skills. Throughout the entire program, you'll have dedicated support from a senior leader.

Program highlights include:

  • Professional and personal development
  • Challenging and meaningful work
  • Exposure to senior leaders
  • Networking with peers and co-workers
  • Involvement in the community

Read on for a summary of each LDP program:


This three-year program (two 18-month rotations) offers challenging assignments that involve modeling and managing contingent and financial risk. You will have the opportunity to work in at least one of the following areas: 

  • Valuation/finance
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Product development, management and implementation

Advice and Wealth Management Business Development

In this 18-month rotation program, you’ll gain valuable experience and industry knowledge helping to drive profitable growth for approximately 10,000 financial advisors. You will complete three rotations through different departments, such as:

  • Experienced advisor recruiting and practice acquisitions
  • Financial advice and advisor business development
  • Advisor training
  • Supervision
  • Field compensation
  • The Advice and Wealth Management project management office


Learn how to identify, analyze and mitigate risk across all lines of Ameriprise business – Advice and Wealth Management, Global Asset Management and RiverSource Insurance and Annuities. In this 18-month rotation program, you’ll develop valuable skills developing solutions that protect clients and executing on strategic projects as you rotate through several teams, such as:

  • Anti-Money Laundering/Anti-Fraud
  • Field Office Inspections
  • Compliance Communication Review Group

Columbia Threadneedle

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is a leading global asset management group that provides a broad range of investment strategies and solutions for individual, institutional and corporate clients around the world. As part of the 24-month commitment, program participants will complete three 8-month rotations in investment process roles such as:

  • Research
  • Trading
  • Portfolio Management

In addition to rotation-specific responsibilities, participants will also be expected to participate in the CFA Charter program.


Finance offers an experience in accounting/reporting, decision support and finance processes. As part of this 24-month commitment, you will be part of a cohort where you will gain experience through three 8-month rotations in the following areas:

  • Accounting/Tax/Audit
  • Finance
  • Utility (procurement, treasury, real estate, business planning and analysis)

Marketing, Communications and Community Relations

Explore the strategies and research required to market a powerful brand and to create compelling communications and digital interactions. In this 18-month rotation program, you’ll develop critical skills as you complete three rotations in one or more of the following areas:

  • Consumer marketing, insights and market segmentation
  • Digital, UX engineering and local marketing
  • Marketing strategy and analytics
  • Internal and external communications, and community relations

Service Delivery & Clearing Operations

Explore strategies and skills required to build a best-inclass service and operations organization. This 18-month rotation program offers valuable, on-thejob experience with exposure developing solutions to business area problems, identifying and implementing process improvement opportunities, and data analysis and reporting in these key areas:

  • Clearing
  • Operations transformation
  • Service delivery


Learn the critical role Technology plays in the financial services industry. This 18-month rotation program will expose you to several areas of technology including, but not limited to

  • Information security
  • Web application development
  • Technology Infrastructure