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.

Intel Return to Tech Program
California
STEM

6- to 9-month reentrty internship program for returning technical professionals. Rolling admissions..  

Active

Institute of Civil Engineers Return to Work Program
England, Scotland
STEM

The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) working with industry partner created 12-week paid internships for returning engineers. Inaugural program ran April 2016.

Active

Booz Allen Hamilton Return to Work Program
Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C.
STEM

9-week paid internship program for returning engineers and business analysts. Inaugural cohort began June 2016. 

Active

Shell Return to Work Programme
London, Waterloo
Engineering

6-month paid internship for individuals who have been out of the work force for at least 12 months.

Active

Skanska Return to Work Programme (UK)
Cambridgeshire, London
General

12-week, full-time or part-time internships in technical and support functions within the construction industry, open to professionals with a career break of two years or more. Began in 2016.

Active

Schneider Electric Return2Work
Tennessee, Texas
Engineering

Paid program for individuals for have taken a career break of at least three years.

Active

Swindon
STEM

Returner Fellowships are for those seeking to resume a research career, following a period of absence from active research of at least one year. Applications due September of each year.

Active

Tideway Returner Programme
England
Engineering, Public Sector

12-week program for individuals who have taken a career break. 

Active

Amazon Returner's Web Programme
Dublin
STEM

Program 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

Caterpillar Returning Professionals Development Program
Illinois
Engineering

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

Active

Equate Scotland Returning to Work Workshop
Edinburgh
STEM

One-day course designed to help build confidence and overcome obstacles to return to the science, engineering or technology workplace.
 

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

ThinkData Works Returnship
Tornoto
General

Variable length internship program for returning professionals with unique parameters established for each participant.

Active

Tata Group Second Careers. Inspiring Possibilities. (SCIP)
India
General

Career transition management programme for women professionals who have taken a break.

Active

Oracle Software Developer Internship
Bristol
STEM

Internship programme for individuals who have taken a career break.

Active

United States
STEM

iRelaunch originated and co-leads the STEM Reentry Task Force with the Society of Women Engineers, in which 7 global engineering companies are piloting paid reentry internship programs in 2016 for returning engineers and technical professionals. The companies include IBM, General Motors, Intel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cummins, Caterpillar, and Johnson Controls, Boeing, Dell, Raytheon, United Technologies, Aerospace and Asurion. Men and women eligible to apply.

Active

Bloomberg STEM Returner Circle
New Jersey, New York
Engineering, STEM

One day event on November 13, 2018.

Active

GM Take 2
Canada, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Texas
STEM

12-week paid internship program for returning engineers. Inaugural cohort began April 2016. 

Active

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