Career Re-entry Programs

This is a list of all career re-entry activity that we have been able to document since we started documenting back in 2008. Any career re-entry program or event that has run even one time is listed. We also have filters so you can filter by "active" and "paid corporate career re-entry programs" to see what programs continue to be active. Alternatively, you can go to our "Paid Corporate Return to Work Programs Around the World" for an easy access list of active programs. That list is not as comprehensive as the filtered list below. 

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.

Accenture Break Through Program
London
High Tech

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

Applications: Open
Program Date: January 2019
Active
ICAEW British Accountancy and Finance Professional Association
England
Financial Services & Insurance

Updating classes, coaching, events for members of the ICAEW. Personal coaching by appointment. Fees vary based on membership level.

Active
Genpact Career 2.0
India
Engineering, High Tech

Program for individuals who have taken a career break.

Application Date: Closed
Active
Societe Generale Career Arc
New York
Financial Services & Insurance

Six-month program starts January 2019 (applications open until November 1, 2018). Participants will have a chance to apply to full-time roles at the end of the program. 

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
Program Date: January, 2019
Active
Hindustan Unilever Career By Choice
India
Consumer Products

Programme for women with at least two years of experience who have taken a career break. 

Active
UBS Career Comeback
India
Switzerland
United Kingdom
New York
Financial Services & Insurance

16-week paid internship, 3-days/week to full time. 

Applications Open: April 3, 2018
Program Date: October 2018
Active
Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowships
Ireland
United Kingdom
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

2- to 4-year part-time or full-time fellowship for returning research scientists in the European Economic Area who will be doing research in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Must have career break of at least two years and must have had at least two years of post-doctoral scientific research experience before the career break. Applicants must secure a research sponsor and sponsoring laboratory.

October 2018:
Preliminary application deadline: October 9, 2018
Full application deadline: December 18 2018
April 2019:
Preliminary application deadline: April 17, 2019
Full application deadline: June 27, 2019
Active
Arrow Electronics Career Reinvention Program Pilot
Colorado
Financial Services & Insurance

Part- and full-time roles in accounting and finance; both short- and long-term opportunities offered. Began 2015. 

Application Date: Open
Active
Dell Career Restart
United States
Engineering, Financial Services & Insurance, High Tech, Manufacturing

Direct hire for individuals who have been on a career break for at least 1 year.

Active
M&G Career Returners
United Kingdom
Financial Services & Insurance

Program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years.

Applications: Open
Program Date: September 2019
Active
Bank of England Career Returners Programme
London
Financial Services & Insurance

6-month paid intership programme for individuals who have taken and extended career break. 

Application Date: Open until April 26, 2019
Program Date: September 2019
Active
O2 Career Returners Programme
Slough

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.

Program Dates: October 2017 - January 2018
Active
Enfield Council Career Returners Programme
England
Engineering, Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical, Legal, Public Sector

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

Application Date: Open. Closes May 19, 2019
Program Date: September 9, 2019
Active
SapientNitro Career Returns Programme
London

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

Program Date: January 2017
Active
Godrej Careers 2.0
Mumbai
Pune
Vikhroli
Engineering, Financial Services & Insurance, Legal, Manufacturing, Other

Starting in 2016 a 3-6 month paid internship for women who have been out of the workforce for at least 6 months.

Application Date: Closed
Active
Medtronic Careers 2.0
Arizona
California
Minnesota
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

6-month paid internship program for those individuals who have taken at least a two year career break and want to get back in the workforce.

Applications: Ongoing
Program Dates: January - June, 2018; June - December, 2018
Active
UMass Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Graduate Certificate Program
Massachusetts
Public Sector

University of Massachusetts McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, Boston, MA: Full-time, two-semester program includes evening courses, public policy case study research project and 200 hour, 10-15 hour per week internships at state, local or national government, or non-profit, think tank or lobbying group. Began 1968 at Simmons, moved 1971 to Boston College, and 1992 to UMass. Ongoing. Tuition based program. 
 

Active
Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center (CA) Clinical Nurse Residency Program
California
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

Paid 16-week clinical nurse residency program with progressively independent functioning in the clinical area as a key component.

Active
Natwest Markets Comeback Programme
London
Financial Services & Insurance

12-week paid internship program for individuals who have been out of the work force for at least two years. 

Application Closing Date: January 16, 2019
Program Date: April 2019
Active
RBS ComeBack Programme
United Kingdom
Financial Services & Insurance

12-weeks paid internship program. Piloted September-December 2015 and continued through 2018

Application Deadline: February 4, 2018
Active

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