U.S. Department of Labor

Internship for mid-career pivot

DEAR JOYCE: After staying at home with small children for four years, I plan to return to work now, but in a new role. I realize that without related experience, I have an uphill challenge. My husband remembers that you once suggested that would-be mid-life career changers seek an internship to freshen their qualifications. Do you still feel that way? -- J.M.B.

You bet! But I've never said finding a mid-career internship is a walk on the beach. Here's a quick summary of the issues you face.


When you can arrange a minimum-wage internship, I know of no legal problems. When you line up an unpaid internship with a nonprofit organization that makes social welfare...