Paid Internships

Did you realize that internships are not only for recent college graduates?

Progressive companies offer paid internships to attract top-caliber professionals after a career break. 

Programs range in length from weeks to months and in compensation from stipends to salaries.

Non Profit & Social Enterprise

Non Profit & Social Enterprise

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.

Non Profit & Social Enterprise

Places experienced professionals back into the workforce through paid, short-term projects at non-profits.  Skill development, training and coaching provided for individuals. May result in employment opportunity. Began 2014.

Non Profit & Social Enterprise

Paid, 11-week summer internships for current students and recent graduates of Bachelors, Masters, or PhD programs. Age of students is not a factor nor is it relevant whether the person took a career break before beginning one of these degree programs.


IBM Tech Re-Entry Program
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Canada


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

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.


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

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


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

6-month paid reentry internship program for returning engineers. Inaugural cohort begins August 2016.


2-year flexible, paid, part-time research fellowships at universities or in industry for those on career break from SET careers. Began 1985. 250+ success stories, 96% success rate in returning fellows to SET careers. Ongoing, annual.

The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process.

Fidelity New Horizons
United Kingdom


20 week paid placement starting January 2017 with another to follow in September 2017.


16 week paid internship for professional with 2-10 year career break and 5-10 years work experience. Prefer IT/computer science background and technical or financial work experience. Program has run in India since 2015. Piloted in Dallas 2016.

GM Take 2
Michigan, Texas


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

Institute of Civil Engineers
Scotland, United Kingdom


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


Reentry programme for women wanting to get back in the IT business after a career break.


8-12- week paid internship for women looking to reenter the workforce after a career break.

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.

Two fellowships each year to mathematicians who need support when their career is interrupted by family responsibilities, relocation of partner, or other similar circumstance, making possible some continuous mathematical activity, so enabling the fellow to be in a position to apply for posts when circumstances allow.



22-week reentry internship program for returning technology and engineering professionals. Inaugural cohort began October 2015. 

16 week paid internship for individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least 2 years. 


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