iRelaunch Comprehensive List of Career Reentry Programs Worldwide

Background: There has been an explosion of career reentry programs since 2004, when the topic of career reentry began to gain steam in the media and as a research topic for academics. In October 2008, our first list included 57 programs worldwide, at universities, employers, government agencies, professional associations, non-profits and foundations. Only nine of these 57 programs, or 16%, existed prior to 2004. Domestically, six of 43, or almost 14%, existed prior to 2004.

We update the list whenever we become aware of a new return to work program. At this point we have 135 programs identified since we began the list (note we don’t double count programs that are offered jointly between a school and a company, although we list them separately). Any return to work program at a university, employer, government agency, professional association, non-profit or foundation that has run at least once makes the list. At the end of most program descriptions, we indicate years in which the program ran and if it is still running. Note some programs that are no longer running were designed to only run once, while others might have been intended to run longer but did not.

Help us keep the list current and accurate! Please contact us at to let us know about additions or corrections to the list.

And now….The List!

Ten-week summer, ten-month and yearlong paid fellowship placements in charter schools, school districts, nonprofits… in one of twenty US cities. For business, education, law or policy professionals with at least a year of graduate studies.

Paid 14 weeks for women returning after 1+ year career break. Expect to hire 2-3 from first cohort. Cohort size undefined.

Australian Graduate School of Management along with UBS

Kensington, Australia - Career Comeback for Professional Women Reentering the Workforce.  Two-day program, free (underwritten by UBS), Ran 2007, 2008.


For Bryn Mawr alumnae and guests attending with an alumna.

Greater Returns: Restarting Your Career offers strategies to keep women professionally connected, easing their transition back to work.

Greater Returns: Accelerating Your Career is geared toward the needs of women executives in the workforce who are seeking to stand out and boost their careers (“up-ramping”).

Fee $350.

Harvard Business School "Charting Your Course"

Charting Your Course: Discovering Working Options. Two-day program. Fee $600.


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