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New graduate actuarial development program (ADP)
Designed to bring future business and technical leaders to the company, this rotational program gives new grads exposure to different divisions and departments. It’s designed to help you develop the skills you need for a successful actuarial career.

We employ top actuarial talent all over the world. In Canada, that includes positions in Toronto, Montreal and Kitchener-Waterloo; globally, we have roles in Boston and across Asia. We support ADP members financially as they complete the exams administered by the Society of Actuaries  and co-sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries . We also offer mentorship and study support through our program committees and vast network of supportive Manulife leaders.

Actuarial co-op program
Participants get every chance to make valuable contributions to the development of our products and services. We hire first- to fourth-year university students with an actuarial focus for work terms in valuation, pricing, model vetting, audit and more. These positions can also be a pipeline into the Actuarial Development Program and are available in our Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal, Boston and Toronto offices.

Recruitment for Actuarial co-ops takes place in January, May and September. Students not enrolled in a co-op program should apply in September to be considered for the summer internship program.

Our students speak
“Manulife has an amazing breadth of learning opportunities that have allowed me to develop a broad skill set and gain exposure to many different topics early in my career. In addition, the strong focus on development and support from senior management is very evident. Combined with the exceptional people that I've worked with in the past, returning to Manulife after graduating was an easy choice!”

Advanced Analytics Development Program (AADP)
Do you want to help shape the future of analytics at Manulife? With our full-time 24-month program in data science and data engineering for graduates, you’ll get world-class experience in multi-dimensional, complex analytic initiatives at a global financial organization. Also, by splitting your time with us across two or three assignments, you will maximize your opportunity to acquire technical knowledge, understand business problems and make a real impact. Your first rotation will be at one of Manulife’s Divisional headquarters in Toronto, Waterloo, Boston or Hong Kong; your second and third rotation could be at any one of our operations in Canada, the United States or Asia. 

Ready to apply? The AADP may be a good fit if you possess the following qualifications:
 

  • BS / MS / PhD in Math or Stats / Business / Computer Science Degree
  • Prior internship / co-op experience in Financial Services, Product Management, Operations, Asset Management, Risk Management, or Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively influence
  • Driven to make an impact in a global organization
  • Desire to be part of a growing advanced analytics function
  • Strong academic performance

It’s always our goal to attract the very best financial talent. Our new graduate and co-op/internship programs are designed to build the skills and networks of exceptional students interested in pursuing finance or accounting careers.

CPA new graduate rotational program
Are you just graduating from a university accounting or business program? We’re looking for exceptional leaders thinking about pursuing careers as CPAs.

The new graduate program is an exciting opportunity to learn about Manulife’s distinct businesses and experience a variety of finance functions through a series of formal rotations. You’ll work with a highly skilled team in a supportive learning environment, building key technical and business skills. Plus, we will support you with study time, mentorship and financial assistance for courses and exams as you work toward your accounting designation.

Finance & Accounting co-op program
Thinking about becoming a CPA? This program (available in Kitchener–Waterloo and Toronto) gives university and college students a chance to get real work experience in finance and accounting. It offers mentorship, networking opportunities, volunteerism, Lunch and Learns and a co-op project.

Our students speak
“Manulife is a large company with many opportunities to do different types of work and to advance my career. The supervisors and managers are genuinely interested in helping me achieve my career objectives, and I’ve received lots of career advice from peers as well as management. Now that I have started my full-time position, I am getting new responsibilities on an almost monthly basis that will ultimately improve my knowledge and skills.”

Financial risk management internship/co-op program
Are you a Masters of Mathematics or Finance student? This Toronto-based program develops superior risk managers and business leaders, with exciting opportunities in quantitative analysis and modelling and variable annuity hedging. We also have co-op opportunities for undergrads.

Our students speak
“I work with the risk analytics team in the Corporate Risk Management group investigating current and historical market behaviour, doing risk measurement, and developing reliable financial modelling tools for product pricing and valuation. Due to the ever-changing market, there are always new problems to solve, new models to develop and new algorithms to discover. The sense of accomplishment is indescribable.”

New graduate investment division rotational program (IDRP)
Do you have a passion for financial services and markets? This rotational program supports recent university business grads committed to getting a CFA designation. You’ll build technical knowledge and understand the asset origination and asset management businesses in the context of a large global financial services firm. Six-month rotations give you valuable experience in:
 

  • Portfolio management
  • Investment analysis
  • Marketing and client services
  • Support functions and back office

Investments analyst co-op and internship program
In this program, MBA and commerce students get a chance to support portfolio managers and get a preview of what it’s like to work in our Toronto-based Investment Division.

Our students speak
“I had the opportunity to work with Manulife Asset Management’s Global Equity, Real Estate and Fixed Income Groups, as well as the Hancock Natural Resource Group in Boston. In each rotation, I was able to work with more than one analyst, which gave me exposure to a number of sectors and a variety of investment analysis styles. My analytical skills were tested continuously as I assisted analysts with research studies, conducted industry and firm-specific analysis and built financial models of current and future investment prospects.”

“The program let me build a broad understanding of the asset management business while gaining great experience and making real contributions through a variety of meaningful and challenging roles. My time in the program helped me better understand my own strengths, weaknesses and interests and left me well-equipped to continue on in my career at Manulife.”

Build skills in Project Management and Consulting, Programming, Systems Administration, Systems Development, Business Analysis and Desktop Services and Support.

Information Systems (IS) co-op and internship program
Located in Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal and Toronto, this program lets you learn from the most experienced, innovative professionals in the field. Positions include project coordinator, business analyst, business systems analyst, developer and designer. This program offers mentorship, networking opportunities, Lunch and Learns and a co-op group project.

Our students speak
“I worked for Manulife for my last two co-op terms. As project controls officer, I applied my technical and communication skills. I was surrounded by great mentors who helped me develop my analytical thinking in determining business needs. Upon graduating, I was looking for a place where I could build on my existing experience as an analyst and grow both personally and professionally. Manulife offered me this opportunity with a new graduate position that gave me access to senior staff and training courses."

A leadership career at Manulife 
Designed to build future leaders, this program is a unique opportunity for success-driven high performers to build careers with us. Highly selective and carefully structured, it offers a series of real job opportunities throughout the organization, strengthening the key capabilities you need to be an effective leader.

You’ll do your first placement in Product & Marketing, Operations, Distribution, Asset Management or Finance. The placement and its duration depend on your development needs and the needs of the business. First placements are located in one of our Divisional headquarters; Toronto, Waterloo, Boston or Hong Kong. Subsequent placements can be at any one of our operations in Canada, US or Asia based on the development needs of the participant and the placement opportunities available.

Throughout the program there you’ll get continuous opportunities to learn and evaluate your progress against our Leadership Success Profile. You’ll have regular performance and development assessments, feedback from managers and valuable insights from your assigned mentor.

Is the LDP right for you?
 

  • You want to build a leadership career in a large financial organization
  • You want to manage/coach/mentor others
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • You’re energized by taking on assignments that take you out of your comfort zone
  • You’re interested in working in different countries and/or cities

Candidates need to have these qualifications:
 

  • 3­–5 years of work experience (ideally in Financial Services, Product Management, Operations, Asset Management, Risk Management or Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Previous leadership experience managing projects or people
  • The desire to make an impact in a global organization
  • Strong academic performance
  • Completion of an MBA by June of the same year

How do I apply?
Recruiting takes place in the fall. Manulife visits campuses across North America. Visit your university career website for all active postings.

Hiring Timelines

Interested in applying? Take a look at our intake and hiring timelines before you apply to make sure the program is right for you.

 

Program Intake programs Hiring timelines
Actuarial Internship, co-op, new grad January, May and September for co-op; September for internships and new grad
Finance and accounting Internship, co-op, new grad January, May and September for co-op; January/February for internships; September for new grad
Risk Internship, co-op January, May and September for co-op; October for internships
Investments Internship, co-op, new grad January, May and September for co-op; January/February for internships; September for new grad
Information Systems Internship, co-op January, May and September for co-op; January/February for internships
Leadership Development Program Postgraduate/advanced academic degree September-November