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  • Cross-functional rotations
  • In-person and virtual training
  • Frequent mentoring
  • Networking with
    leaders and executives
  • Placement opportunities
This two-year program allows you to complete 4 challenging 6-month rotations each in a wide variety of hospitality disciplines, providing exposure to all facets of Great Wolf Lodge’s operations.

"We're really focused on creating memorable experiences for the families—that will last a lifetime."

Zoe YE
Virginia Tech

“We’re excited to be back together 
and see what’s to come in the future.”

Colin Devico
Johnson & Wales University

“Hearing the [Leadership team's] background is so inspiring, because it makes me think that one day—five, 10 years from now—I could be in that position.”

day Fuller
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
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Our two-year program allows you to complete 4 challenging 6-month rotations each in a wide variety of hospitality disciplines, allowing you to sample a little bit of everything a career with Great Wolf Lodge could entail. You will be placed in a supervisor or manager role at a lodge with measurable goals and objectives for each assignment.
Sample Program
Here is an example of the experiences you may have.
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  • Passion for hospitality
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality, business, or a related area
  • Unrestricted work authorization in the 
United States
Who Should
This two-year program allows you to complete 4 challenging 6-month rotations each in a wide variety of hospitality disciplines, providing exposure to all facets of Great Wolf Lodge’s operations.
Great Benefits

In addition to relocation assistance throughout the program, Manager Development Program participants will receive a rich benefits package.


Affordable health insurance options, such as medical, dental and vision coverage, may be available for full-time positions.

Financial Benefits

Support your financial well-being with a range of benefits designed to enhance your overall compensation package.

Lifestyle Benefits

The support of lifestyle benefits designed to enhance your work-life balance and overall well-being.

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Through a combination of hands-on experiences, structured learning and coaching MDP Associates will be exposed to a broad array of disciplines. Upon successful completion of the MDP program, MDP Associates are expected to move into Management and Director level roles.
Check out your University's Career Fair schedule to see if you can meet with a Great Wolf Representative in-person at your school's Fall or Spring career fair to learn more about the program.

We will begin accepting applications on September 1.
Great Wolf Lodge will be attending Hospitality Career Fairs at the following universities in Fall 2023:

East Coast: Delaware State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Johnson & Wales University, North Carolina Central University, Penn State, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Tuskegee University, University of Delaware​

Midwest: Michigan State University, Purdue University

West Coast: Northern Arizona University, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Washington State

Interviews and Offers Extended
A Great Wolf Leader reaches out to schedule an in-person or virtual interview.
Offers are extended within 48 hours.
Rotations Assigned
The Management Development Program participants will be invited to visit the Great Wolf Lodge corporate office in Chicago for a fun meet-and-greet event and to receive their first rotational assignment.
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Want More Info?
Reach out and a Great Wolf Representative from the Management Development Program will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Am I guaranteed a director-level role after completing the program?
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    After a successful completion of the program, participants will be placed into a key leadership role at one of our Great Wolf Lodge resorts.

  • Are the rotations all done at one lodge location?
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    Each lodge is unique based on its geographical location, size, and features offered. Participants will have the opportunity to work at 2-4 different lodges during their program. This type of exposure will be key to accelerating their career with the Great Wolf Lodge brand. Great Wolf Lodge will provide participants with relocation assistance for each new lodge assignment.

  • Will participants get to pick their assignments?
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    Each program participant’s assignments will be curated to meet their individual career goals. The assignments will be designed to stretch, challenge, and accelerate their growth, while also taking into consideration their personal preferences.

  • How many students are selected for the program each year?
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    Great Wolf targets to hire 15 graduating college seniors into the program each year. This means at any point in time there will be 30 pack leaders in our Management Development Program. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will join a network of Management Development Program alumni.

  • What type of training will I receive through this program?
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    Through a combination of hands-on experiences, structured learning, and coaching, participants will be exposed to a broad array of disciplines and leadership styles. Participants will experience a learning journey that will develop them as effective and strategic leaders in the entertainment and hospitality industry.

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