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.

Northrop Grumman iReturn Program
Alabama,
Illinois,
Maryland
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
BlackRock iShares Fixed Income Strategist Returnship Program
California
Financial Services & Insurance

14 week paid return program for individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least 2 years. 

Applications: Open
Program Date: September - December 2019
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
Georgia
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

3 month program for individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least 3 years.

Program began in 2014. Classes held in the Spring and Fall.
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
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Physician Reentry Program
California
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical
Program is customized, depending on length and reason for career break, and medical specialty. Monthly tuition fees apply depending on the specialty and length of the program.
Active
Drexel Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program
Pennsylvania
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

Drexel University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA: Refresher program for clinically inactive physicians who want to return to practice. Online and in-person. Costs vary depending on program.

Active
London Metropolitan University Practice in the UK
London
Other

For qualified architects seeking to refresh their professional knowledge before returning to practice after a break. Free.
 

Active
Navigant Professional Re-Entry Program
Illinois
Marketing & Communications, Engineering, Financial Services & Insurance, Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

16 week paid re-entry program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years. 

Active
Center for Personalized Education for Physicians RCP – Reentry to Clinical Practice
Colorado
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

Denver, CO: Clinical Practice Reentry Program. 2 days with final report 6 to 8 weeks later. Fees vary. Ongoing.  

Active

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