Students and Recent Graduates

Grow and Steer Your Career at Whirlpool Corporation

With a dedicated steering committee, robust roles, and a strong alumni community, each Leadership Development Program prepares individuals to become exceptional future leaders at Whirlpool.

Explore Opportunities in the Following Functional Areas

General Management

World IconGeneral Management – Global Leader Program

Full TimeDevelop into a future enterprise-level leader through three cross-functional rotations across 5 years in our Commercial, Strategy, and Operations functions, including a global experience/rotation.

Internship: During a 10-12 week project-based experience, interns will deliver results on a strategically important project, focused in one of three functional areas – Commercial, Operations, or Strategy. Interns engage and develop with the collective internship group, program participants and executive leadership to create a well-rounded summer experience. The internship experience is based at Whirlpool’s Global and North American Headquarters locations in Benton Harbor, MI. The summer internship is a required step to be eligible for the full-time rotational program for external candidates. 

What we look for: 

  • Progression toward completion of a Masters in Business Administration
  • 5-7 years of professional experience in a variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to, marketing, sales, strategy, operations, and consulting
  • Strong demonstration of people leadership, teamwork skills and delivering results through strategy execution

This program is not open to sponsorship of international students

Sales

Sales briefcaseSales – Real Whirled Sales Program

Full Time:  

  • 2 year immersive and hands-on sales development program
  • 10 weeks of immersive training: participants reside in a unique residential center with their entire Real Whirled class (up to 8)
  • One rotation in Sales Execution within a sales territory and one rotation in Market Development

Internship: Summer Program at the Whirlpool Corporation North American Headquarters at our Riverview Campus in Benton Harbor, MI.
This program is not open to sponsorship of international students. 

What we look for: 

  • Bachelor’s in sales, marketing or relevant discipline
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license
  • Proven work experience or internship in sales or marketing 
  • Strong public speaking, facilitation and influencing skills 
  • A proven track record of success demonstrated through the articulation of quantitative and qualitative results
  • Must be relocatable to any metropolitan location in the Continental United States
  • Open to mobility back to Whirlpool Corporate offices in Benton Harbor, MI
Global Information Technology

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Undergraduate – Global Information Technology Immersion

Internship: A 10-12 week project-based summer experience, located in Benton Harbor, MI. GIT Cyber Security interns contribute directly to the success of our Global IT and Cybersecurity function through strategically important projects. Interns deliver results on initiatives and create tools and resources that live on at Whirlpool Corporation, even after the internship concludes. Successful completion of the internship experience makes participants eligible for full-time roles in the Cybersecurity function upon graduation. 

What we look for: 

  • Undergraduate students completing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Information Technology with an emphasis or personal interest in Cybersecurity
  • This can include certifications or experience in Cybersecurity Awareness, Risk/Governance, Identity and Access Management, Security Architecture/Engineering, Threat Surface Reduction, and Threat Intelligence & Monitoring
  • Strong candidates have a passion for technology and the ability to clearly communicate technical concepts at a high level 

This program is not open to sponsorship for international students 


Graduate – Global Information Technology Leadership Development Program

Full Time: Through three diverse rotations in the Global IT organization over three years, participants develop global technical business acumen and leadership skills. Launching a career pathway in Information Technology leadership. Each rotation offers a new critically important skill set with increasing responsibility and promotion opportunity. This program is open to sponsorship of international students. 

Internship: A 10-12 week project-based experience focused within Global Information Technology organization. Interns deliver results on strategic projects for Global IT in a number of different areas – including but not limited to Cloud, Cybersecurity, Consumer Services, Go-To-Market, Direct-to-Consumer and more.

GITLDP Interns engage and develop with the collective internship group, program participants, and senior Global IT leadership to create a well-rounded summer experience. The internship experience is based at Whirlpool’s Global and North American headquarters locations in Benton Harbor, MI.
This program is open to sponsorship of international students. 

What we look for: 

  • Progressing toward a Masters of Business Administration or Masters in Science degree
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • Passion for technology is desired and a professional and/or academic emphasis on technology or technical certifications
  • Strong business acumen and a clear understanding of how technology can be utilized to impact business outcomes
  • Demonstrated project or product management experience, agile experience preferred 
Human Resources

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Undergraduate – Human Resources Development Program

Full-Time: Through a 3-year rotational program, participants will experience two critical areas of the Human Resources Operations function, including but not limited to Manufacturing, Compensation, and Employee Relations. Designed to provide meaningful project experience, leadership skills, and HR Operations functional experience this program creates a strong foundation to launch a successful professional career in Human Resources.
This program is not open to sponsorship of international students. 

Internship: A 10-12 week project-based internship experience located in Benton Harbor, MI. HRDP Interns deliver results on strategic projects for the HR Operations function. Interns will be placed on projects in a number of areas, including but not limited to Global Compensation, Global Mobility, and Manufacturing Operations. Successful completion of the internship experience makes participants eligible for participation in the full-time program post-graduation. Interns engage and develop with the collective internship group, program participants, and senior HR leadership to create a well-rounded summer experience.
This program is not open to sponsorship of international students. 

What We Look For: 

  • Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Human Resources or Business Management with a desire to grow their career in a global Human Resources team
  • Demonstrate data analytical and project management skills, as well as bring leadership experience from inside or outside of the classroom. 
  • Prior Human Resources Internship or experience is desired for applicants of the full-time program  

Graduate – Human Resources Leadership Development Program

Full-Time: Through a 3-year rotational program, participants will experience 3 critical areas of Human Resources as a global organization – Business HR, HR Community of Expertise, and HR Operations. Participants will rotate through the various functional areas, with potential for an onsite manufacturing rotation and a rotation with global scope and impact. Designed to create a well-rounded and cross functional base within Human Resources, the HRLDP creates a strong foundation to launch a pathway to Human Resources leadership.
This program is not open to sponsorship of international students. 

Internship: A 10-12 week project-based internship experience located in Benton Harbor, MI. HRLDP Interns deliver results on strategic projects across the Human Resources organization in areas such as Business HR, HR Operations, and the HR Community of Expertise. Interns engage and develop with the collective internship group, program participants, and senior HR leadership to create a well-rounded summer experience. Successful completion of the of the internship experience makes participants eligible for participation in the full-time program post-graduation.
This program is not open to sponsorship of international students. 

What We Look For: 

  • Graduate students pursuing a Masters degree in Human Resources, Industrial and Labor Relations, or Business Administration with a desire to grow their career in a global Human Resources team
  • Demonstrate leadership skills inside and outside of the classroom, ability to solve complex problems with data, business acumen and project management experience, and communication/relationship management skills
  • Prior Human Resources Internship or experience is desired for applicants of the full-time program
Manufacturing

Manufacturing – Manufacturing Leadership Development Program

Full Time: Develop into a strong Manufacturing People Leader in this 3 year rotational program. Rotate through 6 diverse roles in Manufacturing (6 months each) at our different manufacturing facilities.

Internship: Summer program based at one of our U.S. Manufacturing facilities 

What we look for:

  • Passionate about manufacturing
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering or other Engineering discipline

This program is not open to sponsorship of international students 

Finance

Bills and CoinsFinance – Finance Development Program

Full-Time: Through a 3-year rotational program, participants will experience 3 distinct areas of Corporate Finance, including but not limited to, Commercial Finance, Treasury, Financial Planning and Investor Relations. Participants will develop a financial, analytical, and influencing skill set foundation designed to help business partners make the best decisions possible. This foundation will launch a strong professional career in Corporate Finance with meaningful professional development opportunities, engagement and support from Senior Leadership, and ability to make an impact in a global organization.
This program is not open to sponsorship of international students. 

Internship: A 10-12 week project-based internship experience located in Benton Harbor, MI. FDP Interns deliver results on strategic projects across the Finance function in areas like Financial Planning, Treasury, Investor Relations, Commercial Finance, and more. Interns engage and develop with the collective internship group, program participants, and senior Finance leadership to create a well-rounded summer experience. Successful completion of the internship experience makes participants eligible for participation in the full-time program post-graduation.
This program is not open to sponsorship of international students. 

What We Look For: 

  • Undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems with analytics, keep a continuous improvement mindset, leadership and project management skills, as well as a commitment to community and social responsibility in a diverse and global organization
  • Previous Finance or Accounting Internship or professional experience is desired for applicants to the full-time program
Product Engineering

Product Engineering – Whirlpool Engineering Rotational Development Programs (WERLD)

Full Time: WERLD is focused on developing a strong engineering foundation in order to prepare participants for the variety of career paths available within Whirlpool’s Global Product Organization. Program participants benefit from impactful assignments, global team projects, integrated training, a fully-funded technical Master’s degree and formal coaching and mentoring programs.

Internship: Summer program at the Whirlpool Technology Centers in Benton Harbor, MI

What we look for:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering/Science or relevant engineering field
  • Ability to apply engineering theory to practical problems and demonstrated technical ability through project work
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical concepts at a high level and in depth

This program is not open to sponsorship of international students

Supply Chain

Link IconSupply Chain – Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program

Full Time: 3.5 Year Rotational Program where you source, build and deliver our products through rotations in the following spaces: Manufacturing (9 months – PM, 9 – months Supervisor), Supply Chain (12 months), and Procurement (12 months). Based in Benton Harbor, MI & U.S. Manufacturing Plants.

Internship: Summer program (Supply Chain & Procurement Exp.) based in Benton Harbor, MI

What we look for:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Transportation, Integrated Supply Management or Applied Engineering Sciences
  • Previous internship or co-op experience working in a similar environment or company of similar size/scope to Whirlpool within supply chain, procurement or manufacturing
  • Strong analytical skills, detail orientation and statistical applications knowledge

This program is not open to sponsorship of international students 

Deena

Real Whirled Sales Development Program

“Whirlpool offers a great work environment with a dynamic and inclusive culture that encourages collaboration and personal growth. I've built great relationships with my real whirled class and feel very welcomed in this role. The company values diversity and invests in training and development programs to support employees' career aspirations. I've been able to reach out to people throughout the company and discover new career paths and opportunities. Whirlpool pushes development and leadership that help to better myself as a person and an employee.”

Spencer

Whirlpool Engineering Rotational Leadership Development Program (WERLD)

“Whirlpool, and the WERLD program, has enabled me to discover the engineer that I want to be. I studied mechanical engineering as an undergrad, but have been able to take on challenging projects in software engineering to grow my capabilities as a software engineer. My managers have always supported me in learning on the job to meet the project deadlines and be successful in each role. As a result, I am now studying computer science as a master's student because of my experiences at Whirlpool, and have successfully pivoted into a new career”

Brooke

Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program

“As a supply chain major being placed into a role that has the word "engineer" in it was initially intimidating. Yet this role has shown me the other sides of the supply chain industry and has helped me build up a variety of skills such as quick reaction problem solving, leadership, and communication. I enjoy speaking with my mentor in Benton Harbor and providing information/ experiences from the plant that he was unfamiliar with, it shows me how much knowledge I have gained that I can share to others.”

Christian

Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program

“Whirlpool Corporation is a great place to work because of its values and culture. Their values are Integrity, Respect, Inclusion & Diversity, One Whirlpool, Spirit of Winning. These values have been shown to me during my time with the company as a former intern and current LDP employee. As an intern, my main project was Cost Optimization on PCB/Plastic circuit board panels. My overall goal was to develop leverage in our system to negotiate with suppliers in the future. After my project was completed, I saved the company $3.6 million annually on their PCB spending.”

Programs Offered and How to Apply

BUILD Emerging Leader Program

The Whirlpool BUILD Emerging Leaders Program seeks to empower diverse talent* with the best opportunities for success. In our commitment to build on our core value of Inclusion and Diversity, we invite underrepresented students majoring in business and engineering to apply to discover career paths, enhance professional skills, and expand your professional network through immersive and engaging activities with Whirlpool Corporation.

Program Benefits

  • Travel to Whirlpool Global Headquarters, located along the shores of Lake Michigan for an all-expenses-paid career trek
  • Explore your career interests through the Whirlpool Buddy Program
  • Connect and collaborate with aspiring professionals across the US through networking sessions and an interactive case competition
  • Learn about internship and early career opportunities at Whirlpool
  • Prepare for long-term career success through our virtual Career Camp series
  • Participate in the early interview process for priority consideration into our summer internship programs

Program Requirements

  • Eligibility: United States citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Class Standing: Current freshman or sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree, with 2-3 years remaining before graduation
  • Minimum GPA: 2.8

Timeline

January: Application Opens
February: Interviews Begin

Complete Online Application

*The BUILD externship aims to expose historically underrepresented students pursuing engineering, finance, HR, information systems, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and supply chain majors to career opportunities at Whirlpool. Students from all schools, and students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented, including but not limited to Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, students with disabilities, and veterans, are encouraged to apply.

Leadership Development Internships

Summer Leadership Development Program: Spend 10-12 weeks gaining exposure to one of our Leadership Development or Immersion Internship Programs (LDPs). Own a unique project with a Whirlpool leader to guide you from start to finish. Successful interns will receive an offer to return as an intern or join the full time program after graduation. Programs in Engineering, Manufacturing, IT, Finance, Supply Chain, HR, Management and Sales.

Program Benefits

  • Competitive Compensation: Competitive pay rates, paid holidays, product discounts, housing benefits & more.
  • Housing Benefits: Free housing or housing stipend, depending on the location and program.
  • Career Advancement: Fast track your career by working on challenging projects with the support of our diverse network of buddies, mentors, and senior leaders.
  • Engagement: Explore the area, make new friends, and give back through a variety of engagement activities throughout the summer.
  • Winning Culture: Learn more about our company and values, including our commitment to social responsibility, sustainability, inclusion and diversity.

Program Requirements

Location: While most  interns work out of Benton Harbor, Michigan, there are opportunities at all of our locations across the US.

Eligibility

  • Current Bachelor or Master’s degree-seeking student with 1-2 years remaining before graduation 
  • Minimum GPA: 2.8

Timeline

  • September: Applications Open
  • September – March: Interviews take place and job offers are made on rolling basis
Possibilities at Home (P@TH) Internship

The Possibilities at Home (P@TH) Internship provides Berrien County, MI, area students the opportunity to experience a Fortune 500 company. To enhance education experiences with real-world application, strengthen business acumen, and develop personal and professional skills to prepare for future career opportunities.

Project assignments are available in various disciplines including, but not limited to:

  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Data Analytics
  • Human Resources

Program Requirements

  • Location: Benton Harbor, Michigan
  • Dates: June to August
  • Duration: 10 weeks

Eligibility

  • Currently accepted or enrolled at a 4-year college/university or 2-year program with intent to complete a 4-year degree.
  • Current or recent residents of Berrien County, Michigan.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.8 + cumulative GPA or recommendation by counselor or teacher/professor

Timeline

  • November: Applications Open
  • February – April: Interviews take place and job offers are made on rolling basis
  • Interview Structure: Candidates complete one interview. Candidates will receive preparation tips via email before the interview.
Full Time Leadership Development Programs

Full Time Leadership Development Program: Challenge yourself and accelerate your career advancement in one of our full time Leadership Development Programs (LDPs). Rotating through different roles, functions, divisions, and locations as you develop as a leader within the organization. We’ll support you along the way with mentorship, exposure to senior leadership, and ongoing development. Programs in Engineering, Manufacturing, IT, Finance, Supply Chain, HR, Management and Sales.

Program Benefits

  • Competitive Compensation: Competitive salary, bonus, 401k matching, health coverage, product discounts, vacation, and more!
  • Relocation: Stipend to cover moving expenses.
  • Career Advancement: Fast track your career by working on challenging projects with the support of our diverse network of buddies, mentors, and senior leaders.
  • Engagement: Explore the area, make new friends, and give back through a variety of engagement activities. 
  • Winning Culture: Learn more about our company and values, including our commitment to social responsibility, sustainability, inclusion and diversity.

Program Requirements

  • Location: While most full time LDPs work out of Benton Harbor, Michigan, there are opportunities at all of our locations across the US. Some programs also offer international placements.
  • Dates: Program start dates vary, though most LDPs start in July
  • Duration: Variable, from 2-5 years 

Eligibility

  • Recent and expected graduates of bachelors and masters programs in Engineering and Business
  • Minimum GPA: 2.8

Timeline

  • September: Applications Open
  • September- March: Interviews take place and job offers are made on rolling basis
  • Interview Structure: Candidates complete a talent assessment called PLUM and three interviews. Candidates will receive preparation tips via email before each interview.

Ace Your Interview

1. Apply Carefully

Increase your chances of being invited to interview by making sure to read carefully and answer all of the application questions accurately.

2. Do your research
  • Review our company history, values and brands.
  • Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Research your interviewer’s background. This can inform what you share and which questions you ask.
  • Come prepared to share why – specifically – you’re excited about this role at Whirlpool.
3. Plan ahead
  • Schedule your interview mindfully: don’t schedule a morning interview if you’re not a morning person
  • Use your campus resources: take advantage of your campus career coach for mock interviewing, resume review, etc.
  • We run interviews via Google Meet. Make sure you allow time to start the meeting in a quiet location with a good internet connection. 
  • Make sure you can easily refer to your resume and the job description 
  • Come prepared to take notes and ask questions
  • Dress for success. We recommend business casual.
4. Lead with confidence
  • Only you can tell your story! While it can be uncomfortable, this is your time to highlight your strengths, experiences, goals, and values. We won’t know unless you tell us.
  • Dynamic communication is key: prepare to share your success stories and relate them to the requirements for the role. Use the STAR method to showcase your skills and ability to drive results. 
  • Have fun: We want to get to know you! Take a deep breath. We invited you to interview for a reason: because we think you have something to offer.
5. Be curious
  • Remember: you are interviewing us as well
  • Asking questions is one of the best ways to stand out in an interview, learn about us, and make sure you are prepared for next steps in the recruiting process..
  • Know your audience: ask relevant questions for your interviewer. A question for a recruiter might not make sense for a hiring manager or future colleague.

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