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50+ Paid Corporate Reentry Internship Programs Around the World

At iRelaunch, we have been tracking career reentry programs of all kinds since 2008. In 2012, we published a report on the growing use of of internships or internship-like experiences as an effective vehicle for professionals to return to work after time away.  We described the phenomenon as "quietly emerging" at the time. Not anymore. We have seen a huge uptick in the number of corporate reentry internship programs created since 2012 and are expecting this growth to continue. Global hubs of reentry internship program activity center in the U.S., U.K. and India. Shoutout to Women Returners for their work in the UK career reentry space and their list of UK programs which was a helpful resource for us. Artwork credit goes to Harvard Business Review, as it accompanied iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen's seminal HBR article "The 40-Year-Old Intern."

At this point, we thought it would be helpful to the iRelaunch community to see all the corporate reentry internship programs on one simple list, including links to program information wherever possible. The list is below. Remember this is a list of active corporate paid reentry internship programs. Some companies that may be testing the concept with 1 or 2 returning interns, or that have not set up a landing page to formalize the program, may not be included right away. Also if a company is listed more than once with different program names, that means they have separate programs running in different geographic areas, as opposed to a single program with cohorts in different locations. 

We would like to crowdsource the updating of the list!  If you are aware of a program that is missing from the list, one that has become inactive, or have any other edits, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you.  HERE'S THE LIST

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6 Key Tips to Kick Off Your 2017 Relaunch

It's 2017! Maybe you are considering taking a career break. Or perhaps you are on career break and this is your time to return to work. Follow these great tips to be best positioned for returning to work after your career break, or to start the relaunching process with a giant leap forward.

1) DOCUMENT

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How should I deal with "relaunch resistance" from my family?

“What does this mean for me?”

As your first day back at work approaches, you will probably begin to hear family members’ concerns about the impending changes at home. The time you have spent away from work running a household and/or acting as the go-to parent has likely been very helpful and convenient to those around you. While they are excited for you and the increased family income, they are likely wondering what this means for them. 

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This is YOUR Relaunch!

“Welcome everyone! We are going to start now and I can’t wait for us to experience this incredible day!  This day is about learning the best return to work strategies, having conversations with employers who understand the value that we, relaunchers bring to the table and what a great talent pool we are, and it’s really about the future of relaunching.

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Honoring Brenda Barnes with our First iRelaunch Pioneering Relauncher Award

This year we were thrilled to honor one of our heroes, Brenda Barnes, the former CEO of PepsiCo North America, who famously left that role to spend more time with her family in 1997. It was front page news of the major newspapers. She made the news again when seven years later, she returned to work as COO, and then CEO, of Sara Lee Corporation. Brenda Barnes led a major restructuring of Sara Lee and also started [email protected], one of the first corporate reentry internship programs, in 2008. In 2010, Brenda suffered a stroke which forced her into permanent retirement.

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How long should it take to find a job?

Relaunchers often ask me this question, hoping for a simple response.  But there is no universal answer. It depends. There are various external factors influencing the process, such as the supply and demand of the job market, the seasonality of hiring, and the duration of the hiring process itself, but ultimately the length of your pursuit depends mostly on you. The control you have over your marketability and job search is much greater than you may realize; there is a clear correlation between a targeted and disciplined effort and the speed with which you land a job.

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Stretching Your Negotiation Muscles for Pay and Benefits

Reentering the work world has you dusting off many talents you have not used in awhile. Happily, negotiating is not one of them. Everyone negotiates. You just might not call it that. Times that most of us can relate to negotiating are family gatherings, be it Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, birthdays, or just an extended family dinner. Whether single, married, parent, grandparent, or child free these events highlight the many small negotiations we all do to get through daily life. Family brings those negotiations up to level eleven.
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