Early Career Programs - North America

In the Commercial track of our Emerging Leaders Program, you will partner with our Watch and Buy clients to address their most complex business issues with opportunities in product leadership, analytics, innovation and client service. This two-year rotational program provides exposure to our Client Solutions, Insights & Analytics and Product Leadership teams. The program's structure includes four diverse six-month rotations within our business combined with professional development opportunities.

Emerging Leaders in our Commercial track have the opportunity to participate in several different rotations. As a Client Solutions associate, you will build and manage client relations by fostering their knowledge of Nielsen’s portfolio of solutions and providing industry insights. As an Insights & Analytics associate, you will create and interpret custom insights on consumer behavior across TV, radio, internet, mobile, and social using our market intelligence and advanced technologies. As a Product Leadership associate, you will develop and execute Nielsen’s product strategy—including pricing, promotion, go-to-market, industry partnerships and client delivery.

In our Commercial track, we offer off-program placement into Client Solutions, Insights & Analytics and Product Leadership roles within the Watch or Buy business.

The rotations are typically based in New York City, Chicago or the West Coast (San Francisco or Los Angeles), and associates can expect to be placed in two different locations for one year each.

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  • The Commercial Emerging Leader Program provides associates with the unique opportunity to gain experience across multiple teams within Nielsen’s Watch and Buy businesses. The rotational program also offers valuable mentorships and trainings that help build leadership skills and accelerate career development.

    Jackie, Commercial Leaders Program

The Finance track of the Emerging Leaders Program is dedicated to developing and investing in our next generation of Finance leaders. This two-year program provides exposure to financial planning and analysis, investment decision-making, controllership, risk management and valuation, and treasury operations on both the corporate and business-unit level. The program's structure combines challenging coursework on financial topics, professional development and hands-on work experience.


Emerging Leaders in our Finance track have several rotation options. Associates who work with our Buy North America Financial Planning & Analysis Revenue team manage the monthly revenue forecasting process, prepare and consolidate monthly and quarterly financial reporting and provide support to the client service and finance teams through ad hoc work. Associates who work with our Retail Pricing team create and analyze retailer profit and loss (P&L) to support contract renewals, work on new product pricing and manufacturer waterfall and Contract Review Board presentations. Associates who work on our Watch Controllership team help out with monthly account reconciliation review and approval, book media month end accruals and journal entries and process improvement and simplification. Associates who work with our Media Financial Planning & Analysis team assist with top client revenue, all expense analysis and reporting, and support client service and finance teams with operating plans.

Common off-program placement opportunites are Corporate Audit Staff or Senior Analyst roles within the business.

Rotation locations for this program are typically New York City, Wilton, Conn., Tampa, Fla., Schaumburg, Ill., Cincinnati and San Francisco. International opportunities may be available to top performers.

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  • Being part of the program has been one of the most enriching experiences both professionally and personally. The program challenges you to learn and deliver results quickly and continuously, but also gives you the opportunity to have exposure with senior leaders, as well as to interact and learn about other areas of the company. It's definitely an unforgettable experience.

    Monica, Finance, Emerging Leaders Program

The Human Resources track of our Emerging Leaders Program focuses on developing and investing in the next generation of HR leaders at Nielsen, with the goal of continuing to make Nielsen one of the best and most competitive companies to work for in the marketing research and media industries. Over a two-year period, Emerging Leader associates will rotate through four positions with Nielsen businesses to help us attract, engage and develop the talent we need to grow and help our clients compete more effectively.

In the first rotation, associates will work within an HR Center of Excellence and build subject matter expertise in Talent Engagement & Development, Talent Acquisition, or Compensation & Benefits. For the second rotation, associates will work as an HR Business Partner and act as an internal consultant to a progressive Nielsen client group going through change. The third rotation is a client-facing assignment; associates will serve on a Nielsen client team and deliver business results while also learning more about the products and services we offer. The final rotation is an international assignment. Associates will gain a deeper understanding of our Centers of Excellence roles and processes in an international market.

Compensation Manager, University Relations Manager, HR Business Partner and many more!

In the U.S., HR Emerging Leaders Program rotations are based in the Chicago area, New York City, Tampa, Fla., and Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  • Being a member of the HR Emerging Leader Program gives you an unparalleled opportunity to drive business results right when you graduate from college. The experiences that I gained through the program have prepared me to continue to grow at Nielsen..

    Donovan, Human Resources, Emerging Leaders Program

The Operations and Technology Track is all about identifying, developing and investing in our next generation of leaders. This is a two-year rotational leadership development program with our Operations, Data Science, Engineering or Technology teams. Emerging Leader associates benefit from intensive training, leadership development, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Associates will spend their first rotation working on our Global Business Services team learning project management basics. The second rotation will focus on building functional depth and managing complex projects. The third is a client facing-rotation, where associates will get to see Nielsen through the eyes of our clients. In the final rotation, associates will execute projects by getting work done through others.As an Operations associate, you will utilize process improvement methodologies such as Six Sigma and Lean to reduce cycle time and defects. As a Technology associate, you will manage the development of a metrics reporting tool throughout all phases of the software development life cycle. As a Data Science associate, you will perform qualitative and quantitative analyses on data to help “tell a story” or determine the answer to a client concern. As an Engineering associate, you will create technology solutions for the latest consumer electronic products, so Nielsen can measure how they are used to watch content or buy goods.

We offer off-program placement into high visibility project and program management roles across these four tracks: Operations, Data Science, Technology and Engineering.

Associates are based in Tampa, Fla., Schaumburg, Ill., and New York City. International opportunities are available for top performers.

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  • The Emerging Leaders Program is supported by leaders throughout the organization and has provided a platform where I've been able to take on valuable roles outside of my comfort zone. This has enabled me to develop new skill sets that are enhancing my growth as a leader..

    Manogna, Operations and Technology, Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Technologist Program focuses on developing and investing in the next generation of technical and scientific experts within Nielsen. This two-year accelerated technical development program places associates within our Data Science or Technology teams and provides intensive training, technical development, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Rotations are one year in length. During the first rotation, associates will grow their technical understanding of Nielsen's solutions through multiple assignments. The second rotation focuses on building a technical depth. Our rotational Technology curriculum includes research, architecture, design and development solutions for our global clients. Our Data Science curriculum includes machine learning, statistical modeling and behavioral methods.

Following the program, associates will continue to build technical knowledge within the same or different business area. We offer off-program placement into the following senior-level technical roles: Developer, Architect, Data Scientist and Engineer.

Rotations for this program are typically based in Tampa, Fla., Schaumburg, Ill., and New York City.

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The Professional Services Analytics Experience (PSAE) can help you jump-start your career at Nielsen through structured onboarding, training, continuous development and engagement. Work with Nielsen clients to build comprehensive end-to-end consumer insights and help them drive faster, smarter, better decisions to help their business grow.

The Professional Services Analytics Experience starts with a tailored onboarding and training program designed to accelerate your development. You’ll quickly use analytical and consultative skills to drive comprehensive end-to-end consumer insights enabling our clients to make faster, smarter and better decisions to help their business grow. As you progress, your experience will focus on your continued growth, development and engagement.

The Professional Services Analytics Experience offers direct placement into an analyst role where you will work with clients to help them grow their business.

Associates for this program are most commonly based in our Chicago, New York City, Cincinnati, Parsippany, N.J., Wilton, Conn., Atlanta, San Francisco, Schaumburg, Ill., or Rochester, N.Y. locations.

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Internship opportunities are offered in each of our business functions and take place in the summer for 10 weeks. As an intern, you will be given challenging and impactful project work, exposure to senior leadership, and professional development opportunities. Interns are a key pipeline into the full-time Early Career Programs and other roles at Nielsen. Internships can be based in any of our major hub offices or client sites.

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