Ruder Finn’s paid Executive Training Program is for recent college graduates who are interested in beginning a career in public relations. It is well-known throughout the public relations industry.


The Program is offered three times per year in our New York City headquarters. Executive Trainees are selected on talent, creativity, and passion, and are not required to have prior experience in the field. Executive Trainees work full-time, attend weekly classes and participate in other educational and social activities. The agency hires many of the program’s best graduates to fill Assistant Account Executive positions.

There are three Executive training sessions each year:
"Summer 2019"
"June 17, 2019 – September 6, 2019"
"Deadline : March 29, 2019"
"Fall 2019"
"September 30, 2019 – December 20, 2019"
"Deadline : July 5, 2019"
"Winter/Spring 2020"
"February 24, 2020 – May 22, 2020 "
"Deadline : December 20, 2019"


Executive Trainees are assigned to one of our core groups or practice areas: Corporate Communications, Healthcare, RF Radius and RFI Studios. As an integral team member, Executive Trainees will work full-time during the four-month program while building a foundation for a career in public relations.


The Healthcare practice is the agency’s largest worldwide practice. Offering US and global clients some of the industry’s most innovative and award-winning communications programs, Healthcare supports numerous clients including pharmaceutical, managed care, professional societies and disease awareness groups. This practice area helps clients define and achieve business goals with product and corporate-based services. The Healthcare Innovations team has also made great strides integrating digital initiatives into Healthcare campaigns and has successfully launched first-in-kind initiatives with Storify, Tumblr, gaming, blogger summits and other social media outlets.


The Corporate Communications practice focuses on building and strengthening the corporate reputations of multinationals spanning healthcare, technology, luxury, non-profit, consumer and professional services industries. Specializing in corporate reputation, media relations, CEO thought leadership and brand awareness, the Corporate Communications group shapes public perception via strategic storytelling across external channels. In addition to external communications, the Corporate Communications practice has deep expertise in developing and executing employee engagement campaigns on behalf of clients. Within the Corporate Communications practice, there is also a specific team dedicated to supporting cause-related and non-profit organizations.


RF Radius is as an integrated marketing and strategic communications practice that marries Ruder Finn’s award-winning communications heritage and digital capabilities with strategy consulting and organizational transformation. The practice aims to address an existing gap within leading companies and C-suite executives in terms of integrated and holistic approaches to solving business challenges through communications. The group’s collective talent base includes agency and in-house experience across a wide range of sectors including financial, technology, consumer, and healthcare, and disciplines including brand strategy and storytelling, change management, employee engagement and culture-building, corporate reputation, digital media, management consulting and more.


The Global Strategy & Issues Group is comprised of individuals who work with global multinational corporations, foreign governments and non-governmental institutions to build, manage and protect reputations for positive business outcomes. The team has deep issues and crisis management experience, ranging from product recalls, quality issues, class action lawsuits and other litigation as well as counterfeiting, regulatory challenges, environmental safety, management and employee-related crises and activism. In addition, they have trained many of our clients to prepare for issues and crises through simulated crisis workshops, both in a war room-type setting as well as online, using social media tools to test response under pressure.


RFI Studios is an award-wining, full-service digital communications agency offering clients a unique competitive advantage an independent, acclaimed and strategic digital shop that leverages the power of its global PR institution, Ruder Finn. With a robust team of designers, strategists and developers, RFI builds upon clients' digital presence to engage brand users across platforms and foster interactive communities. Working with an array of companies to develop powerful online communications, RFI Studios creates and enhances clients' digital presence, from websites to social platforms to mobile programs to digital video and emerging technologies strategies.


“The ET Program at RF gave me such a great foundation – I feel I gained a year’s worth of experience in a few months!”

Emily Assistant Account Executive, ET Class of 2015



Executive Trainee applicants must have graduated from college at the time the session for which they are applying begins. Candidates with graduate degrees are eligible to apply, but a graduate degree is not a requirement.

All applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.


Application Requirements

Executive Training Program applicants must submit the following online:

  • Cover Letter, including why you are interested in pursuing a career in public relations and why you have chosen to apply to the Ruder Finn Executive Training Program.
  • A resume
  • Writing Assignment


“There’s not an equivalent to it. The ET program gave me the opportunity to dive right into real account work in a fast-paced, challenging and exciting environment while teaching me the groundwork needed to succeed in the industry.”

Lauren Assistant Account Executive, ET Class of 2015