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.


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. 


11 week paid programme began in April 2016 for individuals who have taken a voluntary career break of at least 2 years. The programme continued in 2017.


Internships in coding, user experience design, graphic design, documentation, web development, marketing, translation and other types of tasks needed to sustain a FOSS project. Relaunchers welcome to apply.

Path Forward (formerly Return Path ReturnShip)
California, Colorado, New York, United Kingdom


22 week paid reentry internship program with groups of companies in designated geographic areas. 

SAP SE Back-to-Work, Singapore
Australia, Japan, Korea


Paid project-based internship, up to 6 months long with flexible scheduling, either onsite in Korea, Japan, Australia, India. Minimum of 3 years work experience before career break of 2 to 8 years.

Returner Fellowships are for those seeking to resume a research career, following a period of absence from active research of at least one year. Applications due September of each year.

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. Men and women eligible to apply.

Texas instruments Encore
Arizona, Texas


3-month paid reentry internships for individuals who have taken at least a 2-year career break. Launched 2017.


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