As we discover new ways to become the catalyst for change and increase the number of women in STEM careers, we realize that getting more women involved does not stop at awareness and recruiting on the elementary and collegiate level. Sure, it is important to have an impact on young women about to embark on their careers, but helping women return to the workforce after a career break is a priority initiative as well.
That’s why SWE has joined with career re-entry firm iRelaunch to create the STEM Re-entry Task Force. The goal of the Task Force is to form a solid pipeline of female returning STEM professionals and create structural change in the STEM sector with internship programs that will ease the transition back to full-time employment. Re-entry internships are emerging as a special category of progressive action for employers engaging professionals who are returning to the workforce at a later stage in life, and a powerful return-to-work strategy for individuals.
The STEM Re-Entry Task Force will consist of five founding members from SWE’s Corporate Partnership Council, each with a commitment to pilot a re-entry internship program through 2016. The STEM Re-entry Task Force aims to accelerate an industry embrace of the re-entry internship concept in the STEM sector, and help impact a positive change as we see more women occupying careers in STEM.