Career Re-entry Programs

Background: There has been an explosion of career re-entry programs since 2004, when the topic of career re-entry began to gain steam in the media and as a research topic for academics. At iRelaunch, we have been tracking career re-entry programs of all kinds since 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.

In 2012, iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen authored our report on the growing use of mid-career internships or internship-like experiences as an effective vehicle for professionals to return to work after time away. This report was the basis for her seminal HBR article "The 40-Year-Old Intern," which was the first to recognize the emergence of mid-career internships and to predict the proliferation of formal corporate reentry internship programs. 

Carol described the phenomenon as "quietly emerging" at the time. Not anymore. We have seen a huge uptick in the number of corporate re-entry internship programs, in addition to corporate career re-entry programs that are event-based or feature direct-hire opportunities with transitional support. Global hubs of career re-entry program activity center in the U.S., U.K. and India. Shoutout to Women Returners for their work in the UK career re-entry space and their list of U.K. programs which is a helpful resource for us in compiling this list. 

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. Note we don’t double count programs that are offered jointly between a school and a company, or an association and a company, although we list them separately. We also don't count strategic volunteering programs.

Help us keep the list current and accurate! Please contact us at info@irelaunch.com to let us know about additions or corrections to the list. For expert advice on starting, refining or sourcing a re-entry internship program, please click here.

Women in Capital Markets (WCM) Return to Bay Street (RTBS)
Toronto
Financial Services & Insurance

WCM offers up to five annual $5,000 scholarships and paid four-month internships with BMO Capital Markets (in Toronto), National Bank, RBC, and Scotiabank to women preparing to relaunch a full-time career in the Canadian capital markets industry. Must have at least 5-years experience in capital markets or related field. Also includes a WCM mentor and 1-year WCM membership. Began 2012, annual.

Applications Date: February - March, 2019
Program Date: September 2019
Active
Learn How to Become Volunteering and Non-Profit Jobs
United States
Other

Making a Difference through Volunteering and Nonprofit Careers - This resource helps you understand the "importance of volunteer work, how to find volunteer opportunities, and how to transition from volunteering to a career in a nonprofit."

Active
PwC "Back to Business"
United Kingdom
Financial Services & Insurance

6-month paid internship with IT and other support.

Active
PayPal "Recharge"
India
California
Illinois
Maryland
Nebraska
Texas
High Tech

16-week paid internship.

 

 

Active
University of St. Gallen "Women Back to Business"
Basel
St. Gallen
Vevey
Zurich
Other

21 class days spread out over a 12-month period.

Program Begins: March 25, 2019
Active
BlackRock 3E Initiative
Delaware
Financial Services & Insurance, High Tech

12-week paid internship program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years. 

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: September 2017
Active
New Jersey
Non-Profit

Educational and workforce development programs that provide job seekers opportunities with encouragement, empowerment, education and inspiration to advance their careers. To gain full access to PSGCNJ’s free services, members are required to join one of six business units that operate the corporation and donate their talent to advance the mission. Volunteering on projects that advance PSGCNJ allows members to regain the seven lost intangibles, while building meaningful relationships with other professionals.

Active
MetLife ACT 2
North Carolina
Financial Services & Insurance

10-week paid internship program. All roles offered through ACT 2 are open positions at MetLife, so successful interns stay in the same role when converting to their permanent status.

Ongoing
Active
Apres Apres
New York
Other

A return-to-work job board platform. Began 2016.

Active
AJ120 Architecture Programme
Melbourne
Sydney
Hong Kong
London
California
New York

3-month paid programme began in April 2016 for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years.

Active
Target Back on Target
India

12-16 week program for individuals who have been on a career break for at least 2 years.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/consultancy-/-audit/target-india-launches-initiative-to-help-women-rejoin-the-workforce-post-a-career-break/articleshow/53076292.cms

Active
FDM Back To Business Programme
Leeds
London
Consulting

7-week program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least one year.

Active
PWC Back to Work Programme
Malaysia
Consulting

Opportunities for individuals who have taken a career break.

Active
SAP Back-to-Work
Australia
India
Japan
Korea
New Zealand
Singapore
High Tech

Paid project-based internship, up to six months long with flexible scheduling. Minimum of three-years work experience before career break of two years.

Active
Financial Women's Association Back2Business Program
New York
Financial Services & Insurance

The Back2Business Program is a pilot program of the Financial Women's Association. Participating companies are BMO Capital Markets, Deloitte, New York Life and PGIM, the Global Investment Management Businesses of Prudential. Paid internships at each company will be offered in a range of functions in the NY tri-state area in 2017. Men and women eligible to apply. Minimum 5 years in financial services and career break of at least 2 years.

Active
Golin Back2Businesship Programme
London
Media & Entertainment

Free, 6-day professional development program for professionals with a 3+ year career break. Began 2014. 

Application Date: Closed until January 2019
Active
f1 Recruitment back2businessship Programme
London
Other

7-day course to gain a new perspective on skills and learn how to position yourself back in the job marketplace. For relaunchers who have worked in media, communications or marketing, are planning on returning to work in the next 6-9 months, have been out of the work place for at least three years and are not currently on maternity leave. Free. Candidates chosen from application process. 

Active
York Solutions Barriers to Entry Program (B2E)
Illinois
Minnesota
Consulting, High Tech

Professional development and training program for IT workforce.

Active
Barclay's Bolder Apprenticeships
England
Financial Services & Insurance

Various apprenticeships based on employee’s experience and education leading to permanent positions throughout the organization.

Active

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