At iRelaunch, we have been tracking career re-entry programs of all kinds since 2008. In 2012, iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen authored our report on the growing use of mid-career internships or internship-like experiences as an effective vehicle for professionals to return to work after time away. This report was the basis for her seminal HBR article "The 40-Year-Old Intern," which was the first to recognize the emergence of mid-career internships and to predict the proliferation of formal corporate reentry internship programs.
Carol described the phenomenon as "quietly emerging" at the time. Not anymore. We have seen a huge uptick in the number of corporate re-entry internship programs, in addition to corporate career re-entry programs that are event-based or feature direct-hire opportunities with transitional support. Global hubs of career re-entry program activity center in the U.S., U.K. and India. Shoutout to Women Returners for their work in the UK career re-entry space and their list of U.K. programs which is a helpful resource for us in compiling this list.
We thought it would be helpful to the iRelaunch community to see all the established, on-going corporate re-entry programs on one simple list, including links to program information wherever possible. The list is below. Note - companies that may be testing the concept or that have not set up a landing page to formalize the program, may not be included right away. Also if a company is listed more than once with different program names, that means they have separate programs running in different geographic areas, as opposed to a single program with cohorts in different locations.
Some programs say "positions are unavailable." This is because applications are closed at the time, as most of these programs only run at designated times during the year. To be notified of open application periods, make sure you register for our mailing list.
PLEASE NOTE: This list features companies that run their own recurring programs, and not centrally-administered initiatives such as that of our close partner the OnRamp Fellowship for relaunching lawyers.