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.

India, United States, California

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

iReturn Program
United States, Alabama, Illinois, Maryland

12-week paid internship for individuals who have been on a career break for at least 2 years.

14 week paid return program for individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least 2 years. 

The MomSource Network places educated professionals in flexible roles with employers throughout the United States. Began 2013.

LEAP Engineering Acceleration Program
United States, Washington

16-week program established in 2015. Microsoft partnering with contracting companies.

Licensure and Exam Services
United States, California, Colorado, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas

Clinical Competency Assessment Program – Evaluation of the clinical competence of a physician who has been out of practice for an extended period. Programs available in New York, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, California and Texas. Costs vary.

Long-Term Fellowships
Europe, Germany

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.

11-month, full time, post graduate programme for relaunchers.

United States, Georgia

3 month program for individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least 3 years.

New Horizons
Surrey, England, London

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

Next Chapter
United States, Wisconsin

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

Off/On Ramp
United States, California

Cisco’s “Off/On Ramp” enables employees to take a 12- to 24-month unpaid break from their career, with Cisco paying for the employee’s (and employee’s family members’) benefits during the first year.

United States, New York

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.

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

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

University of California San Diego Medical School, San Diego, CA: Physician Assessment and Clinical Education Program. (PACE) 2-phase, 7-day program. Ongoing, 1996 - present.

Physician Reentry Program
United States, California
Program is customized, depending on length and reason for career break, and medical specialty. Monthly tuition fees apply depending on the specialty and length of the program.
Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program
United States, Pennsylvania

Drexel University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA: Refresher program for clinically inactive physicians who want to return to practice. Online and in-person. Costs vary depending on program.

Practice in the UK
England, London

For qualified architects seeking to refresh their professional knowledge before returning to practice after a break. Free.

Professional Re-Entry Program
United States, Illinois

16 week paid re-entry program for individuals who have taken a career break of at least 2 years. 

Programs for individuals who have been out of the workforce for at least 2 years. 


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

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