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The Jacobs Returnship Program

Restart your career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow

The Jacobs Returnship Program is designed for talented professionals looking to refresh skills, rebuild confidence and reignite careers after an extended career break and absence from the workforce. Following the success of the program in other locations globally including the Middle East and India, we’re excited to be launching the program in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland and intend to roll out in other geographies in future. Jacobs is an employer of choice for diverse talent, and we see inclusion and diversity as differentiators that enable us to bring more innovative thought and solutions to our people and clients alike.

This is a paid, 16-week initiative (12 weeks in the U.K.) intending to transition our returners to permanent placement. With available opportunities that are as diverse as our business is, our cohort of Returnship participants will join multidisciplinary teams across a variety of divisions.

As a participant, you will:

  • Join our global Returnship community, participating in regular focus group feedback session and social events to facilitate a seamless transition as you return to the workforce.
  • Experience on the job learning and exploration with a diverse community of professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Access the vast network of resources at Jacobs through continual leadership development, support and mentorship from our dedicated Returnship program team.
  • Be confident that you will receive ongoing mentorship and support as you navigate the transition with us to permanent employment.

Restart your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

The positions

Click the buttons below to view positions by country. We're currently hiring for returnships in the U.K., Ireland and India with more geographies coming soon. U.S. requisitions are now closed.

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From our inclusive employee networks to our positive mental health champions – we’re committed to driving a culture of caring where you can be you. With safety and flexibility always top of mind, we’ve gone beyond traditional ways of working which will help you uncover a flexible working arrangement that delivers the support, means and space to maximize your potential. 

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of global employee networks centered on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, VetNet and our Women’s Network and in our wellbeing program and tools.

Restart your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Learn about life at Jacobs

Hear from our Returners

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"With over seven years' break in my career, it was so nice that we were welcomed by every member of the team, and we're given real opportunities on real projects." - Nur AtaNurcan, Economist 

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Supporting STEAM professionals return to work Karen McCormack shares how Jacobs supported her return to the workplace following a career break

Karen McCormack shares the benefits of engaging with the returnship program to rebuild confidence, learn new skills and get up to speed with how working environments have changed.

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In the media

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What drives you drives us as we work to build a better world – together. At Jacobs, every day is an opportunity to make the world better, more connected, more sustainable. We’re always looking for dynamic and engaged people to join our team. Bring your passion, your ingenuity and your vision.

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