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.

Institute of Civil Engineers Return to Work Program
England
Scotland
Engineering

The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) working with industry partner created 12-week paid internships for returning engineers. Inaugural program ran April 2016.

Active
Booz Allen Hamilton Return to Work Program
Colorado
Maryland
Virginia
Washington
Washington, D.C.
Engineering

9-week paid internship program for returning engineers and business analysts. Inaugural cohort began June 2016. 

Active
Accenture Return to Work Program
Illinois
High Tech

16 week paid program for individuals who have been out of the work force for at least 18 months

Applications: Apply by August 2, 2019
Program Dates: October-January 2019-2020
Active
Education Pioneers Return to Work Program
United States
Academia & Education

Ten-week summer, ten-month and yearlong paid fellowship placements in charter schools, school districts, nonprofits… in one of twenty US cities. For business, education, law or policy professionals with at least a year of graduate studies.

Active
Deloitte Return To Work Program
Australia
Consulting

Pilot 12-week return to work program beginning in 2017.

Active
Ayco -- A Goldman Sachs Company Return to Work Program
Illinois
New York
Financial Services & Insurance

Paid career reenty program for individuals who have been out of the work force for at least two years. 

Application Date: November 15, 2019
Program Date: January 2020
Active
Catchafire Return to Work Program
United States
Other

Web-based organization matching volunteers to non-profit projects

Active
Vanguard Return to Work Program -- Financial Advisor
Pennsylvania
Financial Services & Insurance

Paid internship for individuals who have taken a career break. 

Active
Shell Return to Work Programme
London
Waterloo
Engineering

6-month paid internship for individuals who have been out of the work force for at least 12 months.

Application Dates: Closed
Program Dates: September 2018 to March 2019
Active
Mizuho Return to Work Programme
London
Financial Services & Insurance

10-week paid returnship programme starting February 2017 for individuals who have taken a voluntary career break of at least two years.

Active
Skanska Return to Work Programme (UK)
Cambridgeshire
London
Engineering

12-week, full-time or part-time internships in technical and support functions within the construction industry, open to professionals with a career break of two years or more. Began in 2016.

Applications in Winter, Placements in April, 2017
Active
Deloitte Return to Work programme U.K.
United Kingdom
Consulting

2015 paid 12-week pilot internship programme for women at senior management level who have been out of the workforce for at least 2 years. 2019 Full time hiring on a rolling basis with technical and business development support during the initial months of the transition.

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: January 2019
Active
Deloitte Return to Work Retraining Programme
United Kingdom
Engineering

Program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least two years and have no prior software engineering experience. 

Application Date: Closes June 23, 2019
Program Date: October 7-January 23, 2019
Active
Schneider Electric Return2Work
Tennessee
Texas
Engineering

Paid program for individuals for have taken a career break of at least three years.

Active
Capgemini Return@Capgemini
London
High Tech

Paid six-month placement, with the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the programme, to qualified professionals that have been on a career break for two or more years.

Applications open
Active
Swindon
Engineering

Returner Fellowships are for those seeking to resume a research career, following a period of absence from active research of at least one year. Applications due September of each year.

Application closed September 2018
Active
Macquarie Returner Program
Florida
New York
Pennsylvania
Texas
Financial Services & Insurance

16-week paid program.

Application Dates: Closed
Program Date: February, 2019
Active
Tideway Returner Programme
England
Engineering, Public Sector

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

Program Date: December 4, 2018
Active
Macquarie Returner Programme
United Kingdom
Financial Services & Insurance

12-week paid programme began in September 2016 for individuals who have taken a voluntary career break of at least two years. 20-week 2019 programme begins November 2019. 

Applications: Open
Program Date: November 2019
Active
Network Rail Property Returner Programme
London
Public Sector

24-week paid internship for individuals who have taken a career break.

Application Date: August 5, 2019
Program Date: October 2019
Active

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