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.

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

Electric Power Products
United States, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee
United States, Michigan

10-week program for individuals who have been on a career break for at least 2 years. 

United States, Arizona, Texas

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

England, India, Mumbai, Ireland, United States, Delaware, New Jersey, New York

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

Encore Program
United States, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia

3-4-month paid internship program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years.

Engineering Relaunch
United States, Minnesota, North Carolina

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

Executive Educaton
United States, Massachusetts

Courses for women and men reentering the workforce. Fees vary depending on program.

Culture of and interest in hiring experienced proferssionals.

Extended Leave Program
United States

Lilly’s expectant mothers may leave work with pay up to one month before their baby’s due date and are elligible for a total 16-week maternity leave (see details on pdf). Employees approved for a dependent care leave may take up to 3 years [or length of employment, whichever is less] off without pay. Lilly provides access to the internal position posting system to help employees find a new position when they wish to return.

IBM's leave of absence programs.


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.

United States

Re-entry platform that matches experienced lawyers returning to the profession with law firms nationwide for a one-year, paid training contract. Overview of legal technology and coaching advice provided as part of program. Application required. 

Financial Education Updating
United States, New York

Training and skills-updating courses covering all of the major disciplines in financial services. In-person or online accessiblity. Prices vary depending on the course.

12-week paid internship program for individuals who have been out of the work force for at least 2 years. 

A firm-wide initiative to bring in professionals to the tax and audit practices from January - April.

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.

Full Circle
United States

Extended leave program for PwC employees who take a career break and want to return several years later.


An opportunity to work with Google for qualified women professionals who have taken a break from active working life for a year or longer.

7-week free training course in business training, mentoring and a job placement on the completion of the course. Successful applicants will be trained at FDM’s London Academy. 


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A 5-Phase online workbook and support program to help you go from relaunch readiness assessment to negotiating your benefits package. Your self-paced tool for returning to work. 

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A mid-career internship is a wonderful springboard back into the workforce.

“The 40-Year-Old Intern:“ Carol Fishman Cohen’s celebrated Harvard Business Review article about mid-career internships.

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