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.

Facebook Technical Program Management
California
STEM

16-week program for individuals who have taken at least a 2 year career break.

Active

Bangalore
Engineering

Customized three-week boot camp. 

Active

Willmott Dixon Welcome Back Programme
London, Wales
General

20-week paid programme for individuals who have taken at least a two year career break. September 2018.

Active

ThoughtWorks Back to IT Training
Europe, United States
STEM

Four-week program focusing on developing Java programming skills, competitive process; 12 accepted, four offers, three hired.

Inactive

University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln Back to Science Fellowship Scheme
United Kingdom
STEM

The University has established the Back to Science Fellowships to provide a one-year opportunity for both women and men in STEM subject areas, who have taken extended career breaks (5 years), to join an established research group. Each Fellowship consists of a £16,000 bursary, with a further £5,000 available for consumable costs. Two scholarships are available each academic year until 2017.

Inactive

IBM-India Bring Her Back
India
General

Any woman professional with a skill-match and a maximum of three years personal sabbatical from work qualifies to be a candidate. Primarily IT positions. Full-time job, mentoring, skills updating, professional development. Ran 2011

Inactive

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Career Reengineering Program
Massachusetts
STEM

Four-day boot camp, semester long course, 10-week internship, career coaching. Fee $15,500,

Inactive

WISET Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
California
STEM

Return to Work Program for Women in STEM. Started 2012 to encourage women on a career break to return to the workforce through science.

Inactive

CERN Fellowship
Geneva
STEM

3-year, full- or part-time scientific fellowships. Began 2016.

Inactive

Bangalore
STEM

Hires female technologists and engineers returning from career break at this largest of GE’s global research centers. For more information; restart.jfwtc@ge.com

Inactive

Sheffield Hallem University Return to STEM
United Kingdom
STEM

Three-day course over three months for women interested in returning to STEM fields after a career break.

Inactive

Open University UK Return to Work Programme
United Kingdom
STEM

Return to Science, Engineering and Technology.  10-week online course.

Inactive

Amey Returners Programme
England
Engineering

12-week paid programme for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 ywars.Began in May 2016.

Inactive

UK Resource Center SET program
England
STEM

Range of initiatives. Courses, workshops, resources for returners in Science, Engineering and Technology

Inactive

Starbucks-Korea Returning Mothers Barista Hiring Program
Korea
Entrepreneurial & Start-Up

Through the Returning Mothers Barista Hiring Program, moms can work between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Program launched 2013.

Active

Women's Development Unlimited "Back for Business" Programme
Entrepreneurial & Start-Up, General

Non-profit offering coaching and training for women returning to work after a career break. 

Inactive

HeraHub Experienceship 
California
Entrepreneurial & Start-Up

Training and mentoring program where “experiencors” assist entrepreneurs sharing workspace at HeraHub. Pilot Summer 2012. Also ran 2013. $10/mth.

Inactive

New York
Entrepreneurial & Start-Up

Program training women to create PR campaigns, plan events, write pitches and press releases, research for clients, blogging and v-logging, emerging communication technologies and the ins and outs of social media and digital strategies.

Inactive

Women in Capital Markets (WCM) Return to Bay Street (RTBS)
Canada
Financial

WCM offers up to five annual $5,000 scholarships and paid four-month internships with BMO Capital Markets (in Toronto), National Bank, RBC, and Scotiabank to women preparing to relaunch a full-time career in the Canadian capital markets industry. Must have at least 5-years experience in capital markets or related field. Also includes a WCM mentor and 1-year WCM membership. Began 2012, annual.

Active

PwC "Back to Business"
United Kingdom
STEM

6-month paid internship with IT and other support.

Active

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