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.

Amazon Returner's Web Programme
England
France
Germany
Dublin
Israel
Italy
Netherlands
Spain
Sweden
Engineering

Program for individuals who have taken a career break

Application Date: Open
Program Date: March 2019
Active
HubSpot Returners Program
Dublin
Massachusetts
Marketing & Communications, Consulting, Consumer Products

20 week program for individuals who have been out of the workforce on a career break.

Applications Date: Open
Program Date: TBD
Active
Lloyds Banking Group Returners Programme
Birmingham
London
Manchester
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Financial Services & Insurance

16-week paid internship for those individuals looking to reenter the workforce after a career break. This is the third year the programme has been running. 

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: October 2019
Active
Balfour Beatty Returners Programme
London
Engineering, Public Sector

21-week paid programme beginning April 24, 2017 for individual who have taken a voluntary career break of at least 2 years.

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: January 2019
Active
Man Group Returners Programme
London
Financial Services & Insurance

Three-month paid programme began in March 2016 for individuals who have taken a voluntary career break of at least 18 months. The programme will continue in 2017.

Active
Baringa Returners Programme
London
Consulting, Financial Services & Insurance

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

Application Date: Closed
Program Dates: February 27-July 13, 2018
Active
Highways England Returners Programme Major Projects
Bedford
Birmingham
Bristol
Guildford
Manchester
Engineering, Public Sector

6-month returnship program for experienced professionals who have taken a career break of 2 or more years.

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: October 2017
Active
Starbucks-Korea Returning Mothers Barista Hiring Program
Korea
Entrepreneurial, Other

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
Caterpillar Returning Professionals Development Program
Illinois
Engineering

5-month paid program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least two years.

Active
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Returning Talent Programme UK
Chester
London
Dublin
Financial Services & Insurance

Three one-day workshops, executive coaching and access to employees and experts from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Twenty places were available in the 2012 inaugural class. At that time, individuals who have taken a career break of three years or more to care for family members are eligible.

Application Date: December 15, 2018 (London) Application dates and program dates for Chester and Dublin as being determined
Program Dates: February 12, 25 and 27, 2019 (London)
Active
Equate Scotland Returning to Work Workshop
Edinburgh
Engineering, High Tech

One-day course designed to help build confidence and overcome obstacles to return to the science, engineering or technology workplace.
 

Active
Goldman Sachs Returnship
Hong Kong
Bangalore
New Jersey
New York
Texas
Utah
Financial Services & Insurance

8-week internship program for professionals Launched 2008. 

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: 2019
Active
Santander Returnship
Massachusetts
Financial Services & Insurance

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

Application Date: Open (2019)
Active
Morgan Sindall Returnship
United Kingdom
Engineering, Public Sector

3-month returnship program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 18 months

Application Dates: Open Now
Program Date: March 2019
Active
Dow Jones Returnship
New Jersey
Financial Services & Insurance

3-month paid reentry internships for individuals who have taken at least a 2-year career break.

Active
ThinkData Works Returnship
Toronto
Engineering, High Tech

Variable length internship program for returning professionals with unique parameters established for each participant.

Active
PFM Returnship
Pennsylvania
Financial Services & Insurance

Paid internship program from winter 2017 - spring 2018

Active
CBS Returnship Pilot Program
California
Media & Entertainment

3-month paid internship program for individuals who have been on a career break for at least 2 years. It ran from 2017-2018

Application Dates: Open Now (1/11/2019)
Active
Qualcomm Returnship Program
California
Engineering, High Tech

12-18 week program for individuals who have taken a career break.

Application Date: August 31, 2019
Program Date: September 2019
Active
Qualcomm Returnship Program
California
Engineering

12-18 week paird returnship program for individuals who have taken a career break.

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: September 2019
Active

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