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.

Australian Graduate School of Management along with UBS Career Comeback Programme
Australia
Education

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

Inactive

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

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

Professional development and training program for IT workforce.

Active

Deloitte Encore Program
California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Consulting

3-4-month paid internship program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years.

Active

PwC Full Circle
United States
Consulting

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

Active

Raytheon ReLaunch Program
Colorado
STEM

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

Active

Capgemini Return @ Capgemini
England
General

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

Active

Deloitte Return To Work Program
Sydney
Consulting

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

Active

Deloitte Return to Work programme U.K.
United Kingdom
Consulting

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.

Active

Baringa Returners Programme
London
Consulting, Financial

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

Active

Ernst & Young Back to Practice
England
Consulting

One-day updating and networking program, plus ongoing recruiting.

Inactive

Booz & Company Return to Work Program
General

Adjunct Program of consultants on a career break.

Inactive

Hindustan Unilever Career By Choice
India
General

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

Active

GE Return to Career Program
Egypt
General

10-week Reentry Internship. Locations: UAE, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Algeria. 8 participants in inaugural cohort/4 hires.

Active

Virgin Megastore Returnship Programme
Egypt
General

Virgin Megastore Middle East. 4 participants in inaugural cohort 2015/4 hires..

Active

Genpact Career 2.0
India
STEM

Program for individuals who have taken a career break.

Active

Dell Career Restart
United States
STEM

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

Active

Enfield Council Career Returners Programme
England
General

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

Active

Godrej Careers 2.0
Mumbai, Pune, Vikhroli
General

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

Active

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