Research & Development Leadership Development Program

We want you to write your own success story, spark bold innovations and become an expert at what truly interests and inspires you. If you want to take on the world's biggest health challenges in a collaborative, supportive environment—and make a difference in the lives of people everywhere—set out on your path today with the power of the world's largest broadly-based healthcare company behind you.

The Program
The Research & Development Leadership Development Program (RDLDP) is a chance to help develop innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people around the globe.

The Opportunity
There are two different ways to get involved in the RDLDP. The full-time program is a two-year, U.S.-based program designed to give talented engineering students the opportunity to gain experience and training across various R&D platforms at one of the largest orthopedic and neurological devices companies in the world. Full-time participants will have rotations across multiple functions, including:

  • Design and bioengineering
  • Design quality
  • Digital surgery
  • New product development
  • Orthopedic lab testing
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics

There's also an internship program, which takes place over 12 weeks during the summer. Our focus is on selecting high-performing interns for the full-time program after graduation.

Who We're Looking For


By participating in the program, you'll receive quality classroom training, allowing you to connect with your RDLDP peers and the broader R&D community. You'll also receive exciting internal development training opportunities and externally recognized qualifications, like process design excellence, to help advance your career path. There are also opportunities to gain a strong foundation in the technical skills, business acumen and cross-functional proficiencies you need to succeed as an R&D leader.

  • Current graduate students in an engineering discipline
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to work closely with technical and non-technical teams
  • Ability to navigate a large, highly matrixed organization
  • Commitment to improving patient care
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to relocate
Check out the opportunities we have available today.
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