Since the beginning of the pandemic, almost two million women have exited the labor force; many of whom left formal employment to care either for their children or other family members. When and if these women decide to return to work, a potentially significant employment gap on their resume could make securing a job more difficult . This “she-cession,” as it has been called, could result in serious, long-lasting effects on gender equity in the workplace. So, what can be done?
Returnships offer a potential solution — these full-time, paid internships are designed to help springboard adult professionals who have been out of the workforce for a year or longer. While returnships aren’t a new phenomenon, more and more companies have embraced them in recent years.
Read on as we dive into the world of returnships to explore what they are, how they work, how to land one, and a list of companies currently offering returnships.