Changing Workforce / STEM Education

In STEM fields, corporate "returnships" gain steam

By the Chicago Tribune

Feb 28, 2016

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As they grapple with talent shortages and gender imbalances, some employers are accommodating applicants' resume gaps with "returnships" — usually paid internships for returning professionals to get them up to speed and back in the swing of the working world, with the opportunity to get hired at the end.

A new initiative in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field drew seven major companies to commit to launching pilot re-entry programs this year.

IBM, GM and Booz Allen Hamilton have announced their inaugural programs, and Intel, Johnson Controls, Cummins and Caterpillar are expected to roll theirs out within the next couple of months.

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