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. 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 regularly. At this point we have 189 programs identified since we began the list; 108 are active and 81 are inactive. 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. We also include free or fee-based updating or other training programs. Of the 108 active programs, 58 are paid returning professional internship programs. 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.

And now….The List!

Web-based organization matching volunteers to non-profit projects


Consulting, Financial

20 week program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years.


Active

11-week paid internship program. Participants assigned to a client engagement. Access to Deloitte’s leader development curriculum. 


Active

Pilot 12-week return to work program beginning in 2017.


Active

2015 paid 12-week pilot internship programme for women at senior management level who have been out of the workforce for at least 2 years. The programme expanded to 20 weeks in 2016 and will run 20-25 weeks in 2017.


Active

7 week program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least one year and want to get back in the workforce.


Active

16-week paid internship with IT and other support.


Active
Consulting

Extended leave program for PwC employees who take a career break and want to return several years later.


Active

Professional development and training program.


Active

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.


Skills updating and support reentry programme.


Active

Paid, support based program, for those seeking to reenter the Education field. 


Active

11-month, full time, post graduate programme for relaunchers.


Active
Australian Graduate School of Management along with UBS
Education

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


Inactive

For Bryn Mawr alumnae and guests attending with an alumna.


Inactive

Greater Returns: Restarting Your Career offers strategies to keep women professionally connected, easing their transition back to work. A joint program with Merrill Lynch and Columbia University. 


Inactive
Harvard Business School "Charting Your Course"
Education

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


Inactive

12 week paid programme began in May 2016.


Active

5 month paid program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least two years.


Active

6 month paid program for individuals who have taken a career break for at least 2 years.


Active

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