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Development programs

At AbbVie, we provide development programs powered by curiosity, teamwork, and growth.

A culture powered by learning

AbbVie is a place for the infinitely curious, the entrepreneurial minded, and those who are powered by a “raise-the-bar” mentality. Our position as a dynamic voice in the pharmaceutical industry helps us constantly push the envelope on strategic execution and drive your growth in the process. If you’re looking for a place where learning and development translates into better solutions for millions of patients around the world, we offer that.

"AbbVie has always been a place I have been able to grow, build meaningful relationships, and develop into the best professional I can become."

Kiearrah Lawrence, senior financial analyst, AbbVie

Development programs in the U.S.


Our professional development programs offer postdoctoral researchers powerful opportunities to investigate the world’s most complex diseases and develop cutting-edge solutions. Working alongside others who share your passion, you will deepen your clinical and research experience across key functions of our organization, serving as a catalyst for new innovations and a more rewarding career.

Undergrad and graduate students

When you join us, you’ll work closely with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Whether pursuing a student internship or considering a development program, from day one you’ll do meaningful work that impacts our business on a global scale and improves millions of lives around the world. If you’re looking to build a career alongside an employer who is relentlessly dedicated to helping you unleash your full potential, AbbVie is the place for you.


Our physician development program supports physicians transitioning to a career in industry become a well-rounded R&D physician and develop the leadership skills needed to become a future R&D leader.

Based at our North Chicago, Illinois headquarters, this 2-year program gives you exposure to multiple functions within R&D through a series of rotational assignments. These experiences are paired with mentoring, networking support and leadership training to help you enhance the relationships, knowledge and skills critical for success in industry.

Global development programs

Culled from cutting-edge research, market-leading best practices, and our experience with thousands of transitioning leaders, our global development programs spur your thinking and empower you to grow into your leadership role and beyond.

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Award-winning initiative focused on your growth

We have an active, hands-on mindset when it comes to your development and growth. One of our employee development opportunities is our Learn. Develop. Perform. (LDP) program which offers you easily accessible, personalized development tailored to your interests.