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.

AJ120 Architecture Programme
Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, London, California, New York
General

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
General

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

O2 Career Returners Programme
Slough
STEM

11-week paid programme began in April 2016 for individuals who have taken a voluntary career break of at least 2 years. The programme continued in 2017.

Active

SapientNitro Career Returns Programme
London
General

Paid 12-week reentry internship program in the advertising field, including technical/digital updating.

Active

IBM Extended Leave Programs
United States
General

IBM's leave of absence programs.

Active

PepsiCo Ready to Return
United Kingdom, United States
General

10-week paid internship program for those individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least two years. 

Active

Visa Ready to Return Program
California
General

Two-day program for individuals who have taken at least a year career break.

Active

Zillow "Returnship"
Washington
STEM

Three-month intership for returning software engineers. Includes assigned mentor and dedicated refresher training. Eligible candidates must have taken a career break of at least two years, have a BS in Computer Science, and more than five years of software development experience as either a front-end, back-end or full stack web developer. Returnship participants will be considered for full-time jobs with Zillow. Initially program has five positions open at Seattle headquarters, though plans are to expand to other offices, and eventually encompass roles outside of engineering. 

Inactive

Minerva Foundation Career & Education Exploration Program
Canada
General

2-week program with workshops on Vision & Values, MBTI Preference Instrument, MBTI & Communication, Managing Change, Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills, Negotiation, and Mentorship. Each year, a pre-determined number of communities are chosen to receive the Career & Education Exploration Program. Began 2004.  

Inactive

Booz Allen Hamilton Comeback Kid Program
United States
General

Program to rehire former employees.

Inactive

IBM, India Liquid Plus Program 
India
General

Program for IBM India alums to design and develop software applications as freelancers in a “transparent, short-cycle process.”

Inactive

Kellogg School of Management Re-entering the Workforce
Illinois
General

Re-entering the Workforce.  A two-day program, $140, includes CareerLeader assessment.

Inactive

Harvard Business School Executive Educaton
Massachusetts
General

Courses for women and men reentering the workforce. Fees vary depending on program.

Active

London Mathematical Society Grace Chisholm Young Fellowships
London
STEM

Two fellowships each year to mathematicians who need support when their career is interrupted by family responsibilities, relocation of partner, or other similar circumstance, making possible some continuous mathematical activity, so enabling the fellow to be in a position to apply for posts when circumstances allow.

Active

Education Pioneers Return to Work Program
United States
Education

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.

Active

Harvard Business School "Charting Your Course"
Massachusetts
Education

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

Inactive

New York
Education, General

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

Bryn Mawr Summer Institute "Shifting Gears, Women Returning to Work"
Pennsylvania
Education, General

For Bryn Mawr alumnae and guests attending with an alumna.

Inactive

Career Break Returners Programme Career Break Returners Programme
England
Education

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

Inactive

Capita Career Break Returners Programme
England
Education

Skills updating and support reentry programme.

Inactive

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