What is CEO for One Month?

Learning a bit about us. Our History.

The one-month initiative that’s now 8 years strong!

But we’re more than just world renown recruiters  

A big part of our drive to help young people is Adecco’s “CEO for One Month” initiative. It’s a work experience opportunity like no other that’s globally recognised and appeals to candidates from all corners of the world. It’s now in its 8th year and it offers you the chance to develop and showcase your leadership potential. To learn what it takes to succeed as a business leader and to acquire the skills and the experience needed to get your foot on the career ladder. In fact, you’ll not only walk in a global CEO’s shoes, you will take home their salary too. No wonder it’s such a popular programme!

With around 200,000 applicants each year, each country participating will select a candidate to shadow the Adecco Group’s country-level CEO for one full month, working side-by-side them to experience the life of a senior business leader. In the last 7 years, almost 300 candidates have had this amazing opportunity. Some have even gone on to receive placements with some of our global clients.

What to join them and upskill your careers and learning? Don’t delay, apply today.

But we’re more than just world renown recruiters

The Adecco Group isn’t just here to help with all your typical recruiting and staffing needs. You might be surprised to learn that we have a wide range of brands and global companies that cover topics and important areas, such as sustainability, well-being and refugee recruitment support in Ukraine. To find out more, about them, simply click here 

Experience learning on another level

This is an experience where you’ll get to travel to other countries, see new cultures, meet new people, make new friends, develop your employability and boost your network big time. Not only will you get to work alongside and learn directly from a global CEO for one month, you will also take home a CEO salary!

With the future of work crucial to us here at the Adecco Group, we are delighted to say that everyone who applies in 2023 is automatically granted exclusive access to the CEO for One Month Academy. A super-smart online portal offering you career-accelerating tools, tips and support to help you on your employment journey!

And last but not least, if you are chosen as one of our selected finalists you’ll also receive this first-class coaching prize: An exclusive 10-week Ezra Focus coaching course for free! Know more

Becoming Adecco Group’s Global CEO for One Month requires dedication, a growth mindset, and the willingness to step out of your comfort zone. Meet our CEOs and learn about them and their journey to the top of the programme!

Meet our CEO’s

  • Joshua Sng Zhong Hao, Singapore & Global CEO for One Month 2022: Joshua Sng Zhong Hao is a Liberal Arts student at Yale-NUS College.
  • Laura Ionescu, UK & Ireland & Global CEO for One Month 2022: Post winning the global CEO for One Month programme 2022, Laura Ionescu continues to pursue her desire to serve as a spokesperson and representative for youth.

Know more about them


CEO for One Month - FAQ's

What is “CEO for One Month”?

The Adecco Group offers you the unique opportunity to become the global CEO for One Month, under the direct supervision of the CEO of the Adecco Group, Denis Machuel.

The selected global CEO for One Month will get a taste of how to run a multinational company with 30,000 employees in 60 countries. The highly qualifying experience is a huge boost to any career!

“CEO for One Month” runs in more than 40 countries, where the first step will be for candidates to apply to become CEO for One Month in their country of residence, before making it to a shortlist of 10 top performers. Of the final 10 candidates, one will be chosen to become global CEO for One Month.

How do I apply/ register for the program?

It’s very simple. You can register here.

What happens after I register? What are the stages of selection?

Once you fill out all the mandatory fields and submit your application, you are all set! Please check your email regularly for updates and at that point you will have the opportunity to upload your CV. You will then be notified of the next steps in the selection process as per the programme schedule.

Selection and Eligibility Criteria

It takes a really special individual to become a CEO for One Month of the Adecco Group, a Fortune 500 company with 30,000 amazing colleagues in 60 countries. For this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we are looking for talented and ambitious individuals who prove they have the CEO attitude!

At a country level, each local team will run a selection process to shortlist the candidates with the highest potential, before choosing a Country winner for 2023.

During your local internship, all CEO for One Month Country winners will continue to be assessed in preparation for the next stage, the Global Challenges!
You will complete various tasks alongside your global peers such as a face to face interview, innovation project, and a shark-tank proposal before ten finalists are chosen to progress to the Global Bootcamp.

When does registration close in my country?

Registrations close around 13th April 2023, 11:59 am CET

Is this a paid internship?

Yes. CEO1Month is a paid internship where candidates are paid a salary once they complete the one month internship program.

How is the 'CEO for One Month' programme different from regular internships?

It is not every day that you get a chance to learn from the leaders of Adecco Group. Very often internships lack on the job training or industry experience. After the internship, students do not seek value in their efforts or time put-into the entire internship.

This internship has been designed such that the finalist will have the chance to personally experience the innermost workings of a company where you can meet and work with CXOs, department heads, team managers, specialist consultants and other employees

Who do I contact in UAE for queries about this program?

For questions, queries, concerns regarding the program please get in touch with UAE’s local CEO1Month support team at adeccoae.info@adecco.com.

Do I need to pay anything?

The programme is entirely free of charge for all participants!

Please note however, that we are not able to reimburse you for any travel expenses you might incur when travelling to your local bootcamps, especially if you applied for a country that you don’t reside in. Accommodation and travel to and from the global bootcamp is covered for all participants.

Why apply to become CEO for One Month?

There are many reasons why you should give our programme a shot, but let’s just list a few:


  • You will learn!
  • All of our candidates get the chance to learn something about themselves during the selection process, regardless of whether or not they advance to further rounds!
  • In cooperation with SHL, a leader in the development of talent assessment solutions, we have designed a series of online tests that candidates will be invited to at the beginning of the selection process. You will be asked to undergo assessments evaluating your reasoning, situational judgement and personality fit for the role of CEO.
  • Upon going through the tests, you will receive a personalized report, summarizing your strengths and potential areas for improvement.
  • Through the year, you will also be invited to a series of interactive webinars, conducted by expert speakers and programme alumni, through which you can learn more about the programme itself, the world of work and other related subjects.
  • Both the webinars and the assessments are free of charge!

What does the UAE & TURKEY CEO FOR ONE MONTH shadowing entail?

During the months of June and July, the lucky Adecco Country CEO for Month will work alongside the CEO or other top positions in Sales, HR, Marketing etc. of the Adecco Group of other subsidiaries companies within the country where they applied. During this month, the CEOs for One Month will continue to be assessed in preparation for the next stage! Oh, we should also mention that you’ll not only be gaining valuable experience, but you’ll receive a salary during this month!

The top 10 Country CEOs for One Month will be invited to join an exciting global bootcamp in a major city. This will be all expenses paid. During the global bootcamp, the 10 finalists will be assessed through various individual and team challenges. Of these 10 candidates, 1 will be selected to become the Adecco Group global CEO for One Month. This announcement will take place at the end of the bootcamp.

Why are you organizing the programme? How does the Adecco Group benefit from this?

As the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, the Adecco Group benefits from finding and nurturing young talent all over the world.

It is necessary for us to stay in touch with the youth entering the work force, to understand what skillsets, abilities, and preferences the next generation of workers will bring to the table.

Organizing initiatives like “CEO for One Month” or ‘Experience Work Day,’ we learn about the young talent as much as you learn from taking part in them, and we use this knowledge to predict and prepare, and share the coming trends to ensure we can make the future work for everyone.

Are there any age restrictions?

The CEO for One Month programme is an interactive experience, and you must be at at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

Meet Mamata Gopinathan , Cluster CEO for One Month 2022 at The Adecco Group Cluster Turkey and MENA.

Meet Mamata Gopinathan as she begins her journey as Cluster CEO for One Month 2022 Turkey and UAE. She completed her first week shadowing Adecco Middle East Country Head, Mayank Patel.

Know about her overall experience & lessons from global bootcamp

Leadership Shadowing Sessions:

Take a glimpse of CEO for One Month 2022 Global Bootcamp!


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The CEO collaborates with senior leadership to learn how big-time business decisions are made.

Earn a Promotion

The CEO develops and pitches a special project with the goal of being selected as our Global CEO for One Month in Europe!

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