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.

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Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

Physician Reentry: Two to three days with final report 8 to 10 weeks later. Post Licensure Assessment System exams, simulated patients, standardized patients. Cost varies; dependent on assessment needs. Ongoing.
 

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Ongoing
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Active
Thoughtworks Vapasi
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Engineering

Customized three-week boot camp. 

Applications Date(s) and Program Date(s): 
Registration for next group will open 2019.
Status: 
Active
Startup Institute Web Development, Design, Marketing
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High Tech

12-week program to help build the technical skills, culture skills, and network to get hired in the startup community. Scholarships available.

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Active
Barclay's Welcome Back Programme
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Financial Services & Insurance

12-week paid internship for individuals wanting to reenter the workforce after a career break.

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Inactive
Willmott Dixon Welcome Back Programme
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Engineering, Other

20-week paid programme for individuals who have taken at least a two year career break. September 2018.

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Program Date: September 2018
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Active
Stanford Graduate School of Business What's Next
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Other

What’s Next – A Career Reentry and Development Series. Seven weekly sessions at a cost of $695.00.

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Inactive
Whirlpool WIRE
Engineering

Return program for individuals who have had five years of engineering experience and who have taken a career break. 

Applications Date(s) and Program Date(s): 
Program Date January 2019
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Active
The Law Society WLD Returner Course
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Legal

Two-day course provides returning solicitors, men and women, with the tools they require to enable them to return to the profession after a career break.

 

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Active
SHEROES Women In Corporate Community
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Other

Sheroes: Job board for relaunching women in India, including full time, part time, work from home, flexible & freelancing jobs. 

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Active
L'Oreal and UNESCO Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships
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Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research. Relaunchers are welcome to apply.

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Active
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Legal

Toronto, ON: Two-day program for those returning to legal practice or considering an alternative career in law. Started 2009

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Inactive
Indie Training Fund Women Returning to Television
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Media & Entertainment

The course is for women working in TV who have taken a career break for maternity or other reasons. Fees vary based on program.

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Active
Bloomberg Women's Returner Circle
Financial Services & Insurance

One day, intensive, return to work professional development program for a small cohort of selected experienced professionals returning to the workforce after a career break.

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Active
British Computer Society Women’s Forum/EU: Equalitec
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High Tech

Get Back & Get On Career Workshops One-day workshops: a) Internet & Computing with BBC and Google, b) Health Infor-matics and Medical Imaging with Fujitsu, Kodak, and the U.K. National Health Service.

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Inactive

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