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.

ThinkData Works Returnship
Toronto
Engineering, High Tech

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

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
Virgin Megastore Returnship Programme
Egypt
Consumer Products

Virgin Megastore Middle East. 4 participants in inaugural cohort 2015/4 hires..

Active
BNP Paribas Returnship Programme
Hong Kong
Financial Services & Insurance

3-month returnship programme for individuals who have taken a career break.

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: April 2018
Active
Santander Returnships
London
Financial Services & Insurance

20-week paid internship programme.

Application Date: Closed
Active
RBC Capital Markets RLaunch Program
Toronto,
New York
Financial Services & Insurance

Direct hire program for individuals who have been out ot the workforce for at least one year. 

Application Date: Currently Open
Active
Tata Group Second Careers. Inspiring Possibilities. (SCIP)
India
Engineering, Financial Services & Insurance, Other

Career transition management programme for women professionals who have taken a break.

Ongoing applications.
Active
OPERATION A.B.L.E. OF GREATER Boston Senior Community Service Employment Program
Massachusetts
Non-Profit

Non-profit that helps workers age 45+ return to the workforce. Four week minimum, temporary employee who is older and under/unemployed and looking for a job.

Active
Skadden Sidebar
New York
Legal

Parental leave programs, extended leave programs (up to 3 years) with networking and skills-maintenance programs.

Active
Oracle Software Developer Internship
Bristol
Engineering

Internship programme for individuals who have taken a career break.

Active
Biochemical Society Stay Connected Bursaries
London
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

Financial support to cover cost of registration, accommodation and/or care provider to attend a Biomedical Society conferences, workshops or training days to make it easier for people on a career break to remain engaged with the science community and return to work. Must be a member of the Biochemical Society.
 

Active
Society of Women Engineers/iRelaunch STEM Reentry Task Force
United States
Engineering, High Tech

iRelaunch originated and co-leads the STEM Reentry Task Force with the Society of Women Engineers, in which 7 global engineering companies are piloting paid reentry internship programs in 2016 for returning engineers and technical professionals. The companies include IBM, General Motors, Intel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cummins, Caterpillar, and Johnson Controls, Boeing, Dell, Raytheon, United Technologies, Aerospace and Asurion. Men and women eligible to apply.

Active
Bloomberg STEM Returner Circle
New Jersey,
New York
Engineering

One day event on November 13, 2018.

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: November 13, 2018
Active
GM Take 2
Canada,
Arizona,
Georgia,
Michigan,
Texas
Engineering, Financial Services & Insurance, High Tech, Manufacturing

12-week paid internship program for returning engineers. Inaugural cohort began April 2016. 

Application Date: Closed
Program Date: April 2018
Active
HSBC ' Take Two
Bangalore
Financial Services & Insurance

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

Active
IBM Tech Re-Entry Program
Canada,
India,
Connecticut,
Massachusetts,
New York,
North Carolina
High Tech

12-week paid apprenticeship for technical professionals returning to work after a career break of 2 years or more. 

Active
Facebook Technical Program Management
California
Engineering, High Tech

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

Active

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