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 or event 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. 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.

Outreachy Free and Open Source Software Internship
United States
High Tech

Internships in coding, user experience design, graphic design, documentation, web development, marketing, translation and other types of tasks needed to sustain a FOSS project. Relaunchers welcome to apply.

Application Dates: February and September
Program Dates: May and December
Active
PwC Full Circle
United States
Consulting

Extended leave program for PwC employees who take a career break and want to return several years later.

Active
Google gCareer
India
Other

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

Application Dates: Rolling
Active
FDM Group Getting Back to Business Programme
United Kingdom
Financial Services & Insurance

7-week free training course in business training, mentoring and a job placement on the completion of the course. Successful applicants will be trained at FDM’s London Academy. 

Active
BoardAssist Giving Back
Connecticut
New Jersey
New York
Non-Profit

Recruiting resource matching people and non-profit boards in the tri-state area.

Active
The Nature Conservancy GLOBE Program
Virginia
Non-Profit

Paid, 11-week summer internships for current students and recent graduates of Bachelors, Masters, or PhD programs. Age of students is not a factor nor is it relevant whether the person took a career break before beginning one of these degree programs.

Applications currently open
Program Dates: June 3, 2019 – August 9, 2019
Active
London Mathematical Society Grace Chisholm Young Fellowships
London
Academia & Education

Two fellowships each year to mathematicians who need support when their career is interrupted by family responsibilities, relocation of partner, or other similar circumstance, making possible some continuous mathematical activity, so enabling the fellow to be in a position to apply for posts when circumstances allow.

Active
Intuit IntuitAgain
India
California
Engineering

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

Application Dates: Open
Program Dates: Vary
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.

Program Date: Fall 2018
Application Deadlines: July 25, 2018 (Illinois) and August 7, 2018 (Alabama)
Active
The MomSource Network Job Seekers
Other

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

Active
Microsoft LEAP Engineering Acceleration Program
Washington
High Tech

16-week program established in 2015. Microsoft partnering with contracting companies.

Application Dates: Ongoing
Active
Federation of State Medical Boards Licensure and Exam Services
California
Colorado
Florida
New York
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Texas
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

Clinical Competency Assessment Program – Evaluation of the clinical competence of a physician who has been out of practice for an extended period. Programs available in New York, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, California and Texas. Costs vary.

Active
Europe
Germany
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process.

Active
Fidelity New Horizons
London
Surrey
Engineering, High Tech

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

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: January 2017
Active
Johnson Controls Next Chapter
Wisconsin
Engineering, High Tech

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

Active
Cisco Systems Off/On Ramp
California
High Tech

Cisco’s “Off/On Ramp” enables employees to take a 12- to 24-month unpaid break from their career, with Cisco paying for the employee’s (and employee’s family members’) benefits during the first year.

Active
OPT-IN Consulting OPT-INternships
New York
Non-Profit

Places experienced professionals back into the workforce through paid, short-term projects at non-profits.  Skill development, training and coaching provided for individuals. May result in employment opportunity. Began 2014.

Active
Path Forward Path Forward (formerly Return Path ReturnShip)
California
New York
Other

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

Program Dates: Spring 2019
Active
UC San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education Program
California
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

University of California San Diego Medical School, San Diego, CA: Physician Assessment and Clinical Education Program. (PACE) 2-phase, 7-day program. Ongoing, 1996 - present.
 

Ongoing
Active

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