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.

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
Florida
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

Physician Reentry: Two to three days with final report 8 to 10 weeks later. Post Licensure Assessment System exams, simulated patients, standardized patients. Cost varies; dependent on assessment needs. Ongoing.
 

Ongoing
Active
Thoughtworks Vapasi
Bangalore
Engineering

Customized three-week boot camp. 

Registration for next group will open 2019.
Active
Startup Institute Web Development, Design, Marketing
Massachusetts
High Tech

12-week program to help build the technical skills, culture skills, and network to get hired in the startup community. Scholarships available.

Active
Willmott Dixon Welcome Back Programme
London
Wales
Engineering, Other

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

Program Date: September 2018
Active
Whirlpool WIRE
Michigan
Engineering

Return program for individuals who have had five years of engineering experience and who have taken a career break. 

Program Date January 2019
Active
The Law Society WLD Returner Course
London
United Kingdom
Legal

Two-day course provides returning solicitors, men and women, with the tools they require to enable them to return to the profession after a career break.

 

Active
SHEROES Women In Corporate Community
India
Other

Sheroes: Job board for relaunching women in India, including full time, part time, work from home, flexible & freelancing jobs. 

Active
L'Oreal and UNESCO Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships
England
Healthcare, Biotech & Pharmaceutical

The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research. Relaunchers are welcome to apply.

Active

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