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The 2017 STEM Re-entry Task Force Launched
November 14, 2016

Following the success of the inaugural STEM Reentry Task Force, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and iRelaunch have partnered with a new group of global engineering companies to offer more internships in 2017 for professionals returning to work from career breaks.

The 2017 STEM Reentry Task Force members are: Ford Motor Company, GE Power, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman and Schneider Electric. These six companies have committed to piloting formal reentry internship programs for professionals in engineering and technology who are returning from a career break during the 2017 calendar year.

Internships are a perfect vehicle for employers to engage with professionals returning from a career break for two key reasons. The employer can base the hiring decision on an actual work sample instead of a series of interviews, and the employer does not have to make the longer term hiring decision until the internship is over. For reentry interns, the program provides professional development experiences, technical and mentoring resources, and a cohort structure for support during the transition.

Medtronic plans to launch its reentry program, Careers 2.0, in early 2017. “Medtronic is excited to launch a pilot program through the WISE initiative (Women in Science & Engineering) for experienced interns!” said Ashley Piper, shared talent acquisition, Medtronic. “CAREERS 2.0 is designed to increase the pipeline of female STEM talent who are returning from a two- or more year career break.
This program provides the opportunity for professionals to get back into the workforce at a later life stage, and offers a powerful return-to-work strategy for individuals.”

The launch of the 2017 STEM Reentry Task Force builds on the achievements of the Inaugural STEM Reentry Task Force, which includes programs by Booz Allen Hamilton, Cummins Inc., General Motors Company, IBM, Intel Corporation and Johnson Controls.

If you are a STEM professional ready to return to work after a period of childcare, eldercare or another career break, start your re-entry process by visiting SWE’s Career Center. Post your resume and tag it “STEM Re-entry Task Force.”

If you are an employer interested in supporting women in STEM and becoming a future member of the STEM Re-entry Task Force, email

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