Financial Development Program (FDP)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  We are no longer recruiting for the full-time FDP program! However, we are still accepting applications for our summer internship. Scroll down to learn more about the program and apply. You can also visit our events page to see if we'll be on your campus (virtually and/or in person) this fall.  Want to learn about Cigna's COVID-19 vaccine policy? Click here.

Cigna Financial Development Program associates posing for a photo during a program field trip
Do you ever wonder how the world’s CEOs got their start? We’ll let you in on a little secret. Ours started out in Cigna’s very own Financial Development Program (FDP) and so can you.

The FDP, one of Cigna’s premier rotation programs, is designed to take early-career MBAs and CPAs and provide them with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to fill key leadership positions across the enterprise. While we provide you with time in the classroom and in various training sessions, we know you have the skills, experiences, and talent to develop meaningful solutions for our customers. That’s why we’ll have you manage projects that help push Cigna further in the health care industry revolution.

With the FDP, there's no limit to the opportunities for you to learn and grow as a leader. Are you up for the challenge?
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FDP associates posing at a Topgolf outing

Areas of exposure:

As a member of the Financial Development Program, you'll rotate through several areas of the organization and gain exposure to the following:

  • Financial Reporting, Corporate Finance, and Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Financial Strategy, Corporate Development, and Enterprise Strategy 
  • Data & Analytics
  • Underwriting & Healthcare Pricing
  • Provider Contracting & Operations
  • Robotic Process Engineering
  • Accounting / Audit
  • Treasury / Capital Management

Example of rotations available to program participants:

Rotation 1 - Financial Planning & Analysis

In this rotation, you'll identify risks and opportunities by developing a comprehensive package for the annual plan and re-projection process. During off-peak periods, planners work to identify and implement efficiencies as they prepare for the upcoming plan cycle. 

Rotation 2 - Pricing

As a pricing analyst you'll be responsible for analyzing large amounts of data to determine key issues and trends effecting an assigned market or market segment. Based on your analysis, you will determine a course of action and drive the solution to closure.

Rotation 3 - Internal Audit

In this rotation, you'll ensure the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management activities. To accomplish this, you will objectively examine business processes, identify risks or gaps in the control structure, identify root causes, and synthesize those elements into potential business impacts. 

Rotation 4 - Controller

As a controller, you'll ensure the integrity of the financial accounting and reporting processes for a specific market and product. This includes establishing, maintaining, and monitoring the expense management process as well as internal controls, to ensure the existence of a sound financial infrastructure. 

Learn about Sarah's experience in the FDP.

Our teaching philosophy:

​​​​​​​The FDP further cultivates business acumen through structured trainings that will help you learn more about the industry, our culture, and our strategy. The program offers a robust mentorship program that provides the opportunity to learn from mentors at multiple levels of the organization and gain exposure to senior and executive leadership. 

​​​​​​​Take it from them...

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Frederick S., Project Leader - Cigna Medical Group

"The FDP provides rigorous leadership skills and business acumen training across a wide array of business segments and functions. Furthermore, FDP program members and grads foster a supportive community for mentoring, volunteering, and career advancement."
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Stephanie O., M&A Integrations and Synergy Tracking

"The reasons I came to Cigna are the same reasons that I stay. Our leadership is trustworthy and transparent, the opportunities for career growth feel endless, and most important for me, the culture is amazing. I always feel encouraged and empowered to be myself."
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Still in the first year of your MBA? Check out our summer internship.

During our 10-week summer internship program, participants are exposed to all aspects of Cigna's finance department as they work on projects crucial to our growth and success. As an intern you could manage a project that ranges from creating an M&A Valuation model to developing a financial strategy or robotic process automation.

While applications typically open up in the early fall, make sure to check with your school's career center for specific application deadlines and potential on-campus interview dates.  If we don’t have any events at your school, make sure to apply online by January. 

Please note our internship roles are based in Hartford, CT, Philadelphia, PA, and Saint Louis, MO.