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  3. August 7, 2020

15 Companies Offering ‘Returnship’ or Return-to-Work Programs

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15 Companies Offering ‘Returnship’ or Return-to-Work Programs

There are many reasons why experienced workers take breaks from the workforce for a few years—raising children, caring for a sick parent, dealing with an illness, traveling, or military service are all common motives.

But, mothers make up a big portion of those who step away. According to Pew Research, 42 percent of mothers have said they reduced their work hours at some point over their career, and 39 percent said they have taken a significant amount of time off work. Twenty-seven percent said they quit work completely because of familial responsibilities.

These professionals often find it daunting to return to the workforce after a long break, whether their skills need to be sharpened or they need to gain some relevant experience again. To help these workers transition, many companies offer “returnship” programs, which are similar to internships but are meant specifically for those who are looking to rejoin the workforce after taking time away.

HubSpot launched its Returners Program in 2019. Hannah Fleishman, the company’s senior manager of employer brand, says returnships may be becoming more popular in the tech world specifically. She says, “For most tech companies, age diversity is a problem. Returnships are a great opportunity to connect with candidates who don’t fit the young, millennial stereotype that’s become synonymous with tech culture.”

Read more: Ask a Recruiter: How Can I Ease My Transition Back to Work After Taking a Leave of Absence?

Returnships are also important in helping brands diversify generally. “Diversifying how and who you hire will lead to a more inclusive company culture that’s rich in perspective,” Fleishman says.

As workplaces are becoming more in tune with creating equal opportunities, closing pay gaps, and creating more inclusive environments, returnships can be a big part of those efforts. These 15 companies currently offer returnships worth checking out.

1. Bandwidth

Bandwidth Returnship Program

Details: Paid, three-month returnship for experienced workers who have been out of the corporate workforce for three or more years and are looking for a full-time role upon reentry.

Industry: IP communications

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

2. HubSpot

HubSpot Returners Program

Details: A 20-week program that offers training, support, and opportunities for growth to help those reentering the workforce ease the transition. “We’ve learned a lot about how to build a more inclusive culture and create a stronger sense of belonging for employees who are transitioning back into the workforce,” Fleishman says.

Industry: Software development

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

3. Intuit

Intuit Again returnship program

Details: A 16-week program for those looking to return to the technology workforce, offering one-on-one mentoring, workshops, an onboarding bootcamp, and support for this often challenging and stressful transition.

Industry: Software development

Location: Mountain View or San Diego, California

4. Accenture

Return to Work Program

Details: A 16-week paid returnship for those who want to rebuild their technical skills who already have several years of experience working in the tech world.

Industry: Professional services

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesotta

5. PayPal


Details: Two options in the program—either a 16-week paid program, or a bootcamp. Designed to help those returning to work expand their skills and become equipped for the technology workforce once again.

Industry: Online payment system

Location: San Francisco, California

6. Amazon Web Services

AWS Returners Program

Details: For workers who have been out of the workforce for two or more years and want to find a permanent position with AWS upon completion.

Industry: IT service management

Location: Multiple

7. Microsoft

LEAP Engineering Acceleration Program

Details: For those who have taken time away from work or who have a non-traditional work background and want to gain real-world experience in a 16-week acceleration program.

Industry: Technology

Location: Redmond, Washington

8. IBM

IBM Tech Re-entry Program

Details: Paid internship program for experienced technical professionals who have stepped away from the workforce and want to rebuild their skills and restart their career.

Industry: Computer hardware

Location: Multiple

9. JP Morgan Chase

ReEntry Program

Details: A 14-week paid fellowship program with the potential for full-time employment after completion, focusing on workshops, on-the-job training, coaching, and transitioning. Professionals must have taken a voluntary career break for at least two years.

Industry: Financial services

Location: Multiple

10. Walmart Labs

Walmart returnship

Details: A 16-week paid internship for those with at least five years of professional experience who have taken a break for at least two years to care for a child or dependent.

Industry: Internet retail

Location: Silicon Valley, California

11. Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Returnship Program

Details: A paid, eight-week program offered to those experienced professionals who are needing to restart their career after a long absence. Opportunities within a variety of company departments.

Industry: Investment banking

Location: New York, Jersey City, Salt Lake City, Dallas

12. Morgan Stanley

Return to Work Programs

Details: For a range of business areas (from finance to HR to research) and provides experienced workers who have taken a career break for at least two years a 12-week paid internship.

Industry: Investment banking

Location: Baltimore, New York

13. General Motors

Take 2 Program

Details: For experienced professionals who have taken at least two years away from their field and need to r-launch their career. A 12-week paid internship with all necessary training and development opportunities, including mentorships and coaching. Offering opportunities in eight different areas of the business.

Industry: Auto manufacturer

Location: Detroit, Michigan

14. NBCUniversal

Act Two Returnship

Details: For those who had to put their career on hold, a six-month paid program to professionals with at least five years of experience who have been out of the paid workforce for at least two years. Areas range from technical to project management to security to software development.

Industry: Media

Location: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Los Angeles

15. Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Career Reboot

Details: A temporary assignment program for 16 weeks for those with five or more years of experience and who were away from the workforce for at least a year. Online training, mentorship opportunities, networking support, and potential for full-time employment after completion.

Industry: Information technology

Location: Multiple

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Emily is on staff at InHerSight where she researches and writes about data that describes women in the workplace, women's compensation and contract literacy, and women's rights in the workplace. Her bylines include Fast Company and The Glossary Co.

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Beth Castle is on staff at InHerSight, where she writes about workplace rights, diversity and inclusion, allyship, and feminism. Her bylines include Fast Company, Charlotte magazine, The Charlotte Observer, SouthPark magazine, Southbound magazine, and Atlanta magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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