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.

Encore Program
United States, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, 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. 

Giving Back
United States, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York

Recruiting resource matching people and non-profit boards in the tri-state area.

Global Intern
South Africa

Fee based, 8 week online program for individuals to train as "global interns" and grow portable careers as tailing spouses/partners.  

GLOBE Program
United States, Virginia

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.

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.

India, United States, California

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


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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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