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.

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
Mott MacDonald Re-Connectors Programme
Croydon
London
Southampton
United Kingdom
Engineering

6 month paid intership program for individuals who have been on a career break for at least 2 years. Starts October 2018.

Active
United Technologies RE-Empower Program
Arizona
California
Connecticut
Minnesota
Vermont
Engineering

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

Program Dates: Fall 2018 Cohort: September 4, 2018 – December 21, 2018
Winter 2019 Cohort: January 29, 2019 – May 17, 2019. Application deadline: December 18, 2018.
Application Deadline: August 2, 2019
Program Dates: September 3-December 20, 2019
Spring 2019 Cohort: March 5, 2019 – June 21, 2019. Application deadline: February 1, 2019.
Active
Ford Re-Entry Program
Michigan
Engineering

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

Application Date: Open
Active
Oregon Medical Board Re-Entry to Practice
Oregon
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

Physician Reentry Program.  

Ongoing
Active
Ireland
Indiana
Ohio
Engineering

 4-month paid reentry internships for individuals who have taken at least a 3-year career break from engineering. Launched 2017.

Active
Moody's RE-IGNITE Program
California
New York
Marketing & Communications, Financial Services & Insurance, High Tech

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

Application Deadline February 1, 2019
Program Date April 2019
Active
LinkedIn REACH
California
High Tech

REACH is a six-month paid apprenticeship program for programming and coding roles within the LinkedIn functional engineering team. Note, a computer science background is not a prerequisite.

Active
reacHIRE reacHIRE
Massachusetts
North Carolina
Other

Staffing firm matches selected, experienced women returning to the workforce with interested employers. Six-week "skills refresh," coaching and peer support. Application required. Began 2013. Once accepted into the program the program is free.

Active
PepsiCo Ready to Return
United Kingdom
United States

10-week paid internship program for those individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least two years. 

Active
Visa Ready to Return Program
California

Two-day program for individuals who have taken at least a year career break.

Program Date: July 31st, 2018
Active

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