Returnship Program

Cognizant Returnship Program 

About the program
As working professionals, we are encouraged from an early age to follow a traditional career path, pursue a job in our field of study or climb the corporate ladder.   However, your professional journey isn't always linear and you can easily get off the path.

 We often take a break from working to start a family, care for ailing loved ones or pursue other personal goals. All these life changing experiences play a part in shaping our perspective and broadening our worldview.

Cognizant recognizes the growing number of those that are interested in jumping back into the workforce.  Our company offers an innovative path and an opportunity to reboot your technical career way for those who’ve been out of the tech industry and to get back to work. 
Are You Eligible? 

This is an exciting opportunity for those that seek to rejoin the workforce with a fresh new start. The Returnship program is a 12-week immersive experience designed for technology professionals with with the following background:
  • A minimum of 5 years of prior professional working experience.
  • Have taken a career break from work for at least 2 years.

What to expect
The Returnship program encourages those that are interested to come back to work where they're embedded within the business. These indviduals will have an opportunity learn, train, embrace upskilling, mentorship and along with a lot of supportive resources.

As you grow, we grow! In fact, the Returnship program started out as a pilot in the spring of 2021 and now has 12 "returners" today. Our goal is to expand this globally with India and North America leading the way.

From a small to a large corporate function, the Returnship program is rapidly growing into other businesss and global markets.

Tenets of the Program

Power your confidence and your next big step. Join us in engineering modern businesses to improve everyday life.

A Conducive Environment​​​​​​​

We include, enable & invest  in you.

Cutting Edge Technology

We bring you up-to-speed with the latest technology.

Supportive Mentorship

We guide you through the process.

On-The-Job Learning

We involve you in real-time projects.

Intent to Hire

We will consider you for a full-time position at the conclusion of the program.
A message from our leader...

​​​​​​​"The Cognizant Returnship Program is an incredible platform for individuals who want a challenge, relaunch and reinvest in themselves. We are hoping to learn as much from you as you will learn from us."

Becky Schmitt
Chief People Officer
Guidewire meeting with four associates
Poornima Sivashanmuga

Business Development, Deliverability Assessment Team
"Now, after four years, I am back to work thanks to the Returnship program. The thought of returning was initially daunting and I was reluctant to attend interviews, but eventually, I took a leap of faith and applied to the program."
Five team members discussing digital innovation
Chitra A.

Business Development, Deliverability Assessment Team
"The Cognizant Returnship Program served as a gateway back to work. The entire process was pleasant from the word go, and it was well-structured. We were always kept in the loop, and were made aware of timelines, next-steps, and developments."