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.

Barclay's Encore
England,
India,
Ireland,
Delaware,
New Jersey,
New York
Financial Services & Insurance

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

Application Date: Open until November 15, 2019
Program Dates (all locations): January 14-April 3, 2019
Active
Deloitte Encore Program
Arizona,
California,
Colorado,
Georgia,
Illinois,
Massachusetts,
Minnesota,
Missouri,
New Jersey,
New York,
Ohio,
Pennsylvania,
Texas,
Virginia
Consulting

3-4-month paid internship program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years.

Application Date: October 2019
Program Date: Winter 2020
Active
Ingersoll Rand Engineering Relaunch
Minnesota,
North Carolina
Engineering

12-week paid internship program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years.

Application Date: Open now
Program Date: September 2019
Active
Harvard Business School Executive Educaton
Massachusetts
Academia & Education

Courses for women and men reentering the workforce. Fees vary depending on program.

Active
RSM Experienced Professional Recruitment
United States
Financial Services & Insurance

Culture of and interest in hiring experienced proferssionals.

Active
Eli Lilly and Company Extended Leave Program
United States
Engineering

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
IBM Extended Leave Programs
United States

IBM's leave of absence programs.

Active
OnRamp Fellowship
United States
Legal

Re-entry platform that matches experienced lawyers returning to the profession with law firms nationwide for a one-year, paid training contract. Overview of legal technology and coaching advice provided as part of program. Application required. 

Ongoing
Active
Daphne Jackson Fellowship
England
Engineering

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.

Application Date: Ongoing
Active
New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) Financial Education Updating
New York
Financial Services & Insurance

Training and skills-updating courses covering all of the major disciplines in financial services. In-person or online accessiblity. Prices vary depending on the course.

Active
American Express Financial Professional Re-Entry Program
New York
Financial Services & Insurance

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

Applications: Close October 23, 2019
Program Date: February-April, 2020
Active
PwC Flexibility² Talent Network (FTN)
United States
Financial Services & Insurance

A firm-wide initiative to bring in professionals to the tax and audit practices from January - April.

Active
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
Translating Me Global Intern
South Africa
Other

Fee based, 8 week online program for individuals to train as "global interns" and grow portable careers as tailing spouses/partners.  

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

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