The 25 Best Entry-Level Associate Product Management (APM) Programs

An overview of the top APM programs at some of the best tech companies to get into a career in product management.

September 8, 2022

Product management (PM) has become one of the most competitive and prestigious career paths in technology—combining technical, business, design, and data responsibilities into one role. Associate Product Managers (APMs) are the entry-level PMs, where new college grads get an opportunity to work as product managers right out of undergrad.

If you are an ambitious person who enjoys building great products, solving customer problems, and leveraging data to influence decisions, you should definitely explore APM and PM roles. Let’s jump in!

What is Product Management?

Product management (PM) is a function that deals with every stage of a product’s lifecycle, from creation to launch, and beyond. Product management jobs typically include working with cross-functional teams, especially design and engineering, to conduct user research, brainstorm product features, outline the product roadmap, and get the product built and shipped. Some PMs even aid in product marketing and distribution, among other things.

While not always required, typically a background in computer science, engineering, or something similar is helpful because it provides the technical foundation needed to work closely with engineers. In general, the soft skills that product managers should have include problem-solving, written and interpersonal communication, data analysis, and leadership.

Feeling overwhelmed or underqualified? Don’t! PMs come from all different backgrounds, and you can learn from experienced coaches as you interview and prepare to work as a PM. Want to learn more? Read our full article here: What is Product Management?

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What are Associate Product Management (APM) Programs?

APM programs have popped up in recent years as a way to funnel aspiring product managers into a high-potential career at a top company. These programs generally last one to two years, during which APM candidates will rotate through different areas/products, receive mentorship from a senior product manager, and build the requisite skills through workshops and training.

Most of these programs offer entry-level positions for students who have recently graduated and don’t require full-time work experience. Furthermore, while some are open to individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and majors, others require that they have studied computer science, engineering, or a similar technical discipline. Check the APM program sites of your top companies regularly to stay up-to-date on the latest available positions and deadlines.

The Top 25 APM Programs

To make the application process easier and faster for you, here are the top 25 APM programs and companies with entry-level product positions for a career in product management.

1. Google

Application Opens: Now (full-time applications due September 9, and internship applications due September 20)

Program Length: 23 weeks (internship) or two years (full-time)

Locations: San Francisco, CA; San Bruno, CA; Mountain View, CA; or New York, NY

Program Overview

A program designed to create the next generation of product leaders. It offers both full-time and internship positions. Full-time APMs will complete two rotations that are one year in length and work on different products within the business. Intern APMs will complete a 12-week program and work on various projects for one team.

Who should apply?

  • New or recent college graduates
  • Technical background
  • Product, analytic, and communication skills

See more info hereor apply for internship or full-time positions.

2. Facebook/Meta

Application Opens: July 2023 (Closed on August 12, 2022)

Program Length: 18 months

Locations: Menlo Park, Seattle, New York City, London, and Tel Aviv

Program Overview

The PM program at Facebook is rotational, meaning those in it will work on three different projects for different apps, including Facebook Marketplace, Facebook Dating, Facebook Gaming, Business Integrity, WhatsApp Payments, and more. It is a full-time experience and leads to full-time employment upon graduation.

Who should apply?

  • New to product management
  • No technical experience required
  • Analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and leadership skills

See more about Facebook’s APM program here.

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3. LinkedIn

Applications Open: Now (Apply here)

Program Length: 18 months

Location(s): Sunnyvale, Mountain View, or San Francisco, CA (Hybrid)

Program Overview

The APM program at LinkedIn helps participants learn how to be top-tier product managers. APMs will learn how to lead projects and work in a cross-functional environment while receiving mentorship from other PMs and leaders in the company. The program consists of two nine-month rotations on different teams and, upon completion, participants will move to full-time product management with a choice of their team.

Who should apply?

  • Technical background
  • Leadership and product knowledge
  • Interested in entrepreneurship

Read more about LinkedIn’s program here. Want to work with a coach for one-on-one guidance and support? One of our coaches, Julia A., completed the APM program at LinkedIn before transitioning into a full-time PM role. Musa K., another Leland coach, is currently in the program. Request a free intro call with either to get going on your LinkedIn APM application strategy.

4. Uber

Application Opens: Summer 2023 (Closed August 12, 2022)

Program Length: Two years (two six-month rotations and a one-year rotation)

Location(s): Variable

Program Overview

The Uber APM program starts with a two-week boot camp during which participants will learn about everything Uber, including the different business areas and product fundamentals. After the boot camp, the first rotation begins where the APMs receive mentoring from a senior PM and learn to take on more responsibility.

After completion of the first rotation, the APMs will go on an international trip to four of Uber’s most challenging cities in order to gain a better idea of their specific market needs. Then the APMs will do two more rotations, one for six months and the other for a year.

Who should apply?

  • Technical background
  • Biased toward action with an understanding of user-centric research
  • Communication and partnership skills
  • A passion for Uber’s mission
  • Graduating this year or have graduated within the previous year

See more here.

5. Coinbase

Application Opens: TBD (Likely Summer/Fall 2023)

Program Length: Two years

Location(s): Remote in the US

Program Overview

APMs at Coinbase will work closely with the engineering, design, and other cross-functional teams in two one-year rotations. The program will teach participants data analytics and product roadmap skills as well as a fundamental understanding of Coinbase’s product stages, from ideation to launch. The applications will open this summer and the program will begin in August 2023.

Who should apply?

  • Students who will graduate before the start of the program
  • Have less than two years of full-time work experience
  • Preferred technical background in computer science, engineering, math, economics, or a similar discipline
  • Communication, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills

See more here. Also, our coach Jake T. is a product manager at Coinbase and the founder of The Aspiring PM. Book a free intro call with him today to get started on your Coinbase APM application.

6. Twitter

Application Opens: October 2022

Program Length: Two years

Location(s): San Francisco, Boulder, remote option

Program Overview

Twitter’s APM program consists of one year each on two different teams. It starts with a boot camp where the APMs will learn about product management skills and get accustomed to the company. Throughout the two years, they will also have access to different talks, workshops, and chats, as well as monthly learning sessions with executives and senior PMs. Upon completion of the program, participants will become permanent PMs and join one of the teams that they worked with or a different team of interest.

Who should apply?

  • Must graduate in the year of matriculation to the program
  • Thorough knowledge of consumer behaviors
  • Skilled in quantitative areas, data-driven decision-making, and execution
  • Technical acumen
  • Able to work on a team, communication effectively, and have a passion for media

Find more information here.

7. Kleiner Perkins Fellowship

Application Opens: Winter 2022-2023

Program Length: Negotiated between the company and student

Location(s): Variable

Program Overview

Students in this program get connected with the most innovative companies as well as access to executive mentorship, founder speaker series, workshops, an extensive alumni network, and more. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in product management can apply and learn how to solve cross-functional problems at the intersection of business, technology, and design. Summer events are held from June to August but the start and end dates are negotiated between the student and the company.

Who should apply?

  • Master’s and bachelor’s degree students who will graduate before program matriculation
  • Experience in launching a product
  • Hold leadership positions on campus or in other organizations
  • Self-starter
  • Graduating in engineering, design, or business

Find more information here.

8. Schmidt Futures

Application Opens: May 2023 (Closed August 1, 2022)

Program Length: Two years

Location(s): Variable

Program Overview

This 24-month program is for recent college graduates in a technical degree area to solve complex modern business problems. During it, candidates will receive mentorship, leadership training, and skill-building resources to emerge as product managers, capable of running teams and leading organizations.

Who should apply?

  • Currently enrolled in a master’s or bachelor’s degree program
  • Majoring in engineering or computer science with a demonstrated interest in tech and entrepreneurship
  • Expected to graduate before June 2023
  • Problem-solver, biased toward action, user-centric, curious, and mission-driven

See more here.

9. Microsoft

Application Opens: TBD

Program Length: Two years

Location(s): Herzilya, Israel

Program Overview

The program at Microsoft is based in Israel and is comprised of three stages on three different teams. APMs will begin the program with a week-long, accelerated boot camp where they will meet with product leadership and learn about the different teams and methods. Then, program participants will spend time on three different teams to get a well-rounded understanding of product development.

  • Who should apply?
  • Strong technical knowledge
  • Skilled in leadership, marketing, data analysis, and partnerships
  • Innovative thinkers with a passion for Microsoft’s products and vision

Read more here. PS, Microsoft is hiring current MBA candidates or recent graduates.

10. Lyft

Application Opens: August 2023 (Closed August 28, 2022)

Program Length: 18 months

Location(s): Variable

Program Overview

The APM program at Lyft is built around a robust mentorship program, impact-driven results, and a tight-knit PM community. It consists of two rotations during which participants will work with different teams to plan and execute the product vision, interact with cross-functional areas, and deliver real value to customers. All APMs are matched to a senior leader at Lyft for personalized guidance and support. The program will begin in the fall of 2023 and after its completion, participants will join a focus area/team that best fits their personal and career interests.

Who should apply?

  • All backgrounds and industries accepted
  • Analytical skills, technical acumen, and leadership experience
  • Will graduate from college in the year of matriculation or in the two years before
  • Less than two years of experience in product management

Read more about Lyft’s APM program here.


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11. Indeed

Application Opens: September 2022

Program Length: Two years (two, one-year rotations)

Location(s): Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo, Singapore, and Remote

Program Overview

The program at Indeed begins in July with “Indeed University,” an innovation lab where participants will prototype, build, and pitch new product ideas. After this onboarding stage is the first one-year rotation in one of the US offices. Then participants will finish off the APM program in another one-year rotation that may be in the US or abroad.

Who should apply?

  • Recent college graduates in any academic area
  • Comfortable using technology to drive solutions
  • Humble, looking to improve the world, collaborative

Read more here.

12. Atlassian

Application Opens: Rolling acceptance based on the current open roles

Program Length: Two years

Location(s): Variable, Remote

Program Overview?

The program at Atlassian is also comprised of two one-year rotations with different teams. During the experience, APMs will attend a speaker series full of tech leaders, go on a research trip, and get access to learning and development training. The APM-PM relationship is fostered to provide personal mentoring and guidance.

Who should apply?

  • Problem-solving and communication skills
  • Recent graduates with knowledge of technical software development
  • Entrepreneurship experience and empathy with the user experience

See more here. Our coach, Mike M., is currently an APM at Atlassian and would love to work with you on your APM application.

13. CapitalOne

Application Opens: Rolling acceptance based on the current open roles

Program Length: Two years

Location(s): Variable

Program Overview

The APM program at CapitalOne is a rotational program consisting of two, one-year assignments. Candidates will learn about business strategy, user-centric approaches, data analysis, and effective leadership skills. It emphasizes the importance of hands-on experience for first-hand knowledge of product innovation on CapitalOne’s platforms.

Who should apply?

  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Customer-centric decision making
  • Preferred background in computer science or engineering

Read more here.

14. Visa

Application Opens: Rolling acceptance based on the current open roles

Program Length: 18 months

Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area, London, Dubai, Singapore, Miami, and others

Program Overview

The APM program at Visa is 18 months long, and then at the end, participants will choose the full-time positions that best fit their personal and career goals. The Associates will learn about each stage of a product’s lifecycle and build their own skills through different assignments and projects. As part of the program, participants will get one-on-one mentoring, custom training programs, speaker series, and access to the expansive network of alumni.

Who should apply?

  • Self-learners who think independently
  • Entrepreneurship, problem-solving, analytical, and teamwork skills
  • Comfortable with user-centric decision-making
  • Technical skills
  • Flexible and accountable

Find more information here.

15. IBM

Applications Open: Now for internships (apply here)

Program Length: Open-ended

Location(s): Durham, NC; Raleigh, NC; San Jose, CA; Andover, MA; Armonk, NY; Austin, TX; and Houston, TX

Program Overview

IBM’s APM program recruits and hires year-round and onboards twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. Before it officially begins, participants will complete a boot camp through which they will learn about IBM products and user problems, as well as the tools and practices they will need to succeed.

After the boot camp, the APMs will be placed on a strategic business team. They will define the market landscape, create innovative solutions, develop and execute product roadmaps, and ship products with the design and engineering teams.

Who should apply?

  • One year of experience in product management, product development, entrepreneurship, business analytics, computer science, engineering, or a similar field
  • An understanding of technical skills
  • Fluent English speaker
  • A recent graduate of a bachelor’s or master’s degree program

Stay up-to-date on program developments here.

16. Salesforce

Application Opens: July 2023 (Closed August 8, 2022)

Program Length: Two years

Location(s): San Francisco

Program Overview

As part of the Salesforce program, APMs will conduct research sessions with customers, work with the design and engineering teams, and identify and prioritize product requirements on the roadmap. During the two years, APMs will rotate through three different teams after which they will join Salesforce as a full-time Product Manager. The program includes mentorship initiatives, network building, events and skills training, and high exposure to company executives.

Who should apply?

  • Recent graduates with technical knowledge
  • Summer internship positions are also available for rising seniors (application opens August 8, 2022, and closes two weeks later)

See more here. If you’re interested in this APM program, book an intro call with our coach, Cory A., who has product management experience at Microsoft and Podium and is now an APM at Salesforce.

17. Intuit

Application Opens: TBD

Program Length: Two years

Location(s): Variable

Program Overview

The APM program at Intuit is rotational, meaning participants will go through three different projects each of which is personalized to their career/personal interests and strengths. It is designed to prepare APMs for successful careers through continued learning experiences, mentoring initiatives, and position placements based on growth potential.

Who should apply?

  • Recent graduates or those who will graduate before program matriculation
  • Technical, communication, and teamwork skills

See here for more information.

18. Zynga

Application Opens: Fall 2022

Program Length: One year

Location(s): Variable

Program Overview

The New Grad Rotational Product Management Position at Zynga is a 12-month program that includes two rotations. Participants will work on several projects across different areas in order to understand the company’s foundation and solve its modern business challenges. The role may include forming and executing product strategies, brainstorming product features and onboarding flows, conducting user research, and operating and designing game events for players. Participants will be paired with a senior PM for mentoring, get access to workshops, and attend the product management team’s offsite.

Who should apply?

  • Must graduate from undergrad in the year before the program’s inception
  • A high academic performance history
  • Analytical skills and leadership experience
  • Must have a passion for games and a desire to create impactful products

Find more info here.

19. Toronto

Application Opens: Winter 2022-2023

Program Length: Negotiated between the company and student

Location(s): Variable

Program Overview

APM Canada puts participants through a program designed to set them up for a career in product management through vocational training, mentorship, and an extensive alumni network. For six months, candidates will work full-time at a partner company and have weekly workshops where they learn industry best practices.

Who should apply?

  • Demonstrated results in work experience
  • An understanding of the product lifecycle
  • Communication and problem-solving skills
  • A university degree in something interesting

Read more here.

20. Instacart

Application Opens: March 2023

Program Length: 18 months

Location(s): Remote, Office, or Flex in San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, and Toronto

Program Overview

The Associate Product Manager program at Instacart is designed to help early-career individuals accelerate their careers, gain experience, and learn how to solve complex problems. The program is rotational so students can have diverse opportunities to increase skills in three different areas.

Who should apply?

  • Recent college graduates, aspiring product managers, or those wanting to make a career pivot into PM
  • Interest in technology and Instacart
  • Leadership and communication skills

For more information, see here.

21. Yahoo

Application Opens: Winter 2022

Program Length: Two years

Location(s): Variable

Program Overview

The APM program at Yahoo lasts two years during which participants will spend time on two different teams. They will be responsible for helping to drive product vision, strategy, and roadmap. In between the rotation, the cohort will take an international trip to learn about global product needs. As a part of the program, APMs will meet with senior product leaders and executives and have access to book clubs, tech conferences, networking events, and more.

Who should apply?

  • Will graduate in the year of the program’s inception
  • Less than two years of full-time work experience
  • Technical, analytical, and communication skills
  • An understanding of products

See more here.

22. Spotify

Application Opens: Positions are available now in NYC starting January 2023

Program Length: 12 months

Location(s): London, Stockholm, USA, and Remote

Program Overview

The APM program at Spotify is comprised of three, four-month rotations, each on a different project. APMs will work directly alongside the product managers and receive mentorship and personalized guidance. It is a full-time program based in the office in London and Stockholm, however, there are also positions available in the US or remote.

Who should apply?

  • Recent graduate with less than two years of full-time work experience
  • Self-starter with a bias for action
  • Teamwork and communication skills
  • Able to operate effectively across multiple teams in ambiguous situations

Read more about the program at Spotify here.

23. Walmart

Application Opens: Rolling basis

Program Length: Variable

Location(s): Sunnyvale CA, Variable, and Remote

Program Overview

Though Walmart does not have an established APM program, it is known for hiring early-career product managers with little to no full-time experience. The PM positions available at Walmart are generally very technical and require previous knowledge. The roles are posted as they become available.

Who should apply?

  • Recent graduates with preferred two years of PM work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in computer science, engineering, IT, or a related field
  • Problem-solving, communication, and partnership skills

Read more about product management at Walmart here.

24. Redfin

Application Opens: Rolling basis

Program Length: Variable

Location(s): Remote

Program Overview

The Emerging Talent program at Redfin is designed to help entry-level individuals gain exposure to a wide range of skills and areas within the company. Participants are paired with a mentor who guides them through their different roles and gives them a chance to work alongside industry and company leaders.

Who should apply?

  • Problem-solving and entrepreneurship skills
  • Complex data analysis abilities
  • Frontend and backend technical knowledge

See more about Redfin’s Emerging Talent program here.

25. Square

Application Opens: Early Fall 2022 and rolling basis

Program Length: Variable

Location(s): Variable, Remote

Program Overview

Square also has an Emerging Talent program for its entry-level positions. In these roles, participants will learn about the company’s mission and goals, solve customer problems, and accelerate their career development. Typically, recruiting begins in the fall each year and continues until all the spots are filled.

Who should apply?

  • A passion for solving complex business problems
  • Strong customer empathy and customer-based decision-making skills
  • Focus on impact and outcomes with an obsession for details
  • Experience with cross-functional teams and product initiatives

Additional Entry-Level PM Opportunities

Here is a list of other companies that don’t have established APM programs but still support early-career or recent graduates interested in product management:

  • Yelp
  • Amazon
  • Asana
  • Dropbox
  • HubSpot
  • Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Box
  • eBay
  • Workday
  • Adobe
  • Citrix
  • Oracle

Bonus: Preparing For Your PM Application

Product management is becoming an increasingly competitive industry and the application process is difficult to go through alone. Here are some of our additional PM resources to help you navigate the job hunt and recruiting journey.

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