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.

Network Rail Property Returner Programme
London
Public Sector

24-week paid internship for individuals who have taken a career break.

Active

Balfour Beatty Returners Programme
London
General

21-week paid programme beginning April 24, 2017 for individual who have taken a voluntary career break of at least 2 years.

Active

Highways England Returners Programme Major Projects
Bedford, Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford, Manchester
General

6-month returnship program for experienced professionals who have taken a career break of 2 or more years.

Active

Morgan Sindall Returnship
United Kingdom
Engineering, Public Sector

3-month returnship program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 18 months

Active

Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School Pathways to Public Service
New Jersey
Non Profit & Social Enterprise, Public Sector

Pathways to Public Service: A Workshop on Re-entering the Workforce. Three-day program offered for free.

Inactive

New York
Public Sector

One-day program for those entering or re-entering careers in retail auto industry.

Inactive

Cushman & Wakefield Real Estate Returners
England
General

8-10-week programme began in September 2015.

Inactive

Learn How to Become Volunteering and Non-Profit Jobs
United States
Medical

Making a Difference through Volunteering and Nonprofit Careers - This resource helps you understand the "importance of volunteer work, how to find volunteer opportunities, and how to transition from volunteering to a career in a nonprofit."

Active

University of St. Gallen "Women Back to Business"
Basel, St. Gallen, Vevey, Zurich
General

21 class days spread out over a 12-month period.

Active

Apres Apres
New York
General

A return-to-work job board platform. Began 2016.

Active

Tornoto
General

Fall program running three modules over a 3 month period. Taught by Rotman faculty and industry experts. 

Active

f1 Recruitment back2businessship Programme
London
General

7-day course to gain a new perspective on skills and learn how to position yourself back in the job marketplace. For relaunchers who have worked in media, communications or marketing, are planning on returning to work in the next 6-9 months, have been out of the work place for at least three years and are not currently on maternity leave. Free. Candidates chosen from application process. 

Active

Golin Back2Businessship Programme
London
General

Intensive six-day programme is exclusively for career returners who have over a decade of experience in marketing, media and communications and over 3 years out of the workplace raising a family. 

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

Google gCareer
India
General

An opportunity to work with Google for qualified women professionals who have taken a break from active working life for a year or longer.

Active

General

The MomSource Network places educated professionals in flexible roles with employers throughout the United States. Began 2013.

Active

S P Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) Management Programme for Women (MPW)
Mumbai
Education

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

Active

Path Forward Path Forward (formerly Return Path ReturnShip)
California, New York
STEM

16-week paid reentry internship program with groups of companies in designated geographic areas. 

Active

London
General

For qualified architects seeking to refresh their professional knowledge before returning to practice after a break. Free.
 

Active

reacHIRE reacHIRE
Massachusetts, North Carolina
General

Staffing firm matches selected, experienced women returning to the workforce with interested employers. Six-week "skills refresh," coaching and peer support. Application required. Began 2013. Once accepted into the program the program is free.

Active

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