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.

New York
Engineering, Financial, General, Public Sector

16-week returnship program for individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least two years. 

Active

Arizona, Texas
STEM

Three-month paid reentry internships for individuals who have taken at least a two-year career break. Launched 2017.

Active

Eli Lilly and Company Extended Leave Program
United States
STEM

Lilly’s expectant mothers may leave work with pay up to one month before their baby’s due date and are elligible for a total 16-week maternity leave (see details on pdf). Employees approved for a dependent care leave may take up to 3 years [or length of employment, whichever is less] off without pay. Lilly provides access to the internal position posting system to help employees find a new position when they wish to return.

Active

Daphne Jackson Fellowship
England
STEM

2-year flexible, paid, part-time research fellowships at universities or in industry for those on career break from SET careers. Began 1985. 250+ success stories, 96% success rate in returning fellows to SET careers. Ongoing, annual.

Active

Intuit IntuitAgain
India, California
STEM

Reentry programme for women wanting to get back in the IT business after a career break.

Active

Northrop Grumman iReturn Program
Alabama, Illinois
Engineering

12-week paid internship for individuals who have been on a career break for at least 2 years.

Active

Fidelity New Horizons
London, Surrey
STEM

20-week paid placement starting January 2017 with another to follow in September 2017.

Active

Johnson Controls Next Chapter
Wisconsin
STEM

8-week paid internship for women looking to reenter the workforce after a career break.

Active

Mott MacDonald Re-Connectors Programme
Croydon, London, Southampton, United Kingdom
Engineering

6 month paid intership program for individuals who have been on a career break for at least 2 years. Starts October 2018.

Active

United Technologies RE-Empower Program
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont
Engineering, STEM

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

Active

Ford Re-Entry Program
Michigan
Engineering

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

Active

Indiana, Ohio
Engineering

 4-month paid reentry internships for individuals who have taken at least a 3-year career break from engineering. Launched 2017.

Active

CDM Smith Reboot
Massachusetts

CDM Smith will conduct three 12-week pilots in 2019. Pilot Cycle 1 iwill be held in their Boston, Mass. office and locations will be expanded as the program grows.

Active

Vodafone ReConnect
Czech Republic, London, Newbury, Germany, Greece, Ireland
STEM

Six-month paid placements, with possibility of turning into permanent role at end of placement. Also career support - on the job training, CV clinics.

Active

Eaton ReLaunch
India
General

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

Active

Larsen & Toubro Renew Programme
India
General

Program focusing on women wanting to return to the workforce after a career break.

 

Active

Cummins RePower Return-to-Work Program
Indiana
STEM

6-month paid reentry internship program for returning engineers. Inaugural cohort begins August 2016.

Active

Accenture ReSUME Programme
England
Financial, Non Profit & Social Enterprise, Public Sector, STEM

4-month paid programme for individuals who have been out of the work force for at least 2 years.

Active

Boeing Return Flight Program
Missouri, Oklahoma, Washington
STEM

16-week reentry program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least three years.

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

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