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 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. 

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.

Air Products Career Returnship Program
China,
India,
United Kingdom
Engineering

16 week program for individuals who have been out of the work force.

Application Date: Open (2019)
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,
Colorado,
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, 2020
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
Lockheed Chapter Next
Alabama,
Colorado,
Connecticut,
Florida,
Maryland,
New Mexico,
New York,
Texas,
Virginia
Engineering

12-16 week paid program for individuals who have been out of the work force for at least 2 years.

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: Summer 2019
Active
Lockheed Martin Chapter Next
Connecticut
Engineering

12-16 week paid reentry profgram for individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least 2 years. 

Application Date: Open through late May
Program Date: Summer 2019
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
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
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
Harford Community College Computer Skills for Today’s Workforce
Maryland
High Tech

Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD: Computer Skills for Today’s Workforce. Seven classroom courses and two online courses. Ongoing. Fees vary depending on program.

 

Active
Cameron Barney Corporate Finance Returner
Mayfair
Financial Services & Insurance

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

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: January 2016
Active
Fitch Ratings CreditPath
London,
Illinois,
New York
Financial Services & Insurance

10-week Reentry Internship focused on credit analysis. Located in NYC. Program launched in 2017.

Application Date: Open
Program Date: September 2019
Active
Ohio
Engineering, Financial Services & Insurance, Public Sector

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

Application Date: Open
Program Date: TBD
Active
New York
Engineering, Financial Services & Insurance, Public Sector

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

Application Date: October 24, 2019 deadline
Program Date: February 3 -- May 22, 2020
Active
Nigel Frank International Diversity in Dynamics - Microsoft-supported return-to-work initiative
England
High Tech

16 week paid internship for individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least 2 years. 

Active
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products
Pennsylvania,
Tennessee,
Texas
Engineering, High Tech
Active
GTB Elevate
Michigan
Media & Entertainment

10-week program for individuals who have been on a career break for at least 2 years. 

Application Date: Open
Program Date: January 7-March 15, 2018
Active
Arizona,
Texas
Engineering, High Tech

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

Active

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