Midcareer Internships

Find Them, Get Them, Make Them Work for You

Moderator: Tami M. Forman, Executive Director, Return Path Return to Work Program


Midcareer internships – also called returnships – are gaining popularity and can be an effective strategy for professionals who want to return to the workforce.

How do you find these opportunities? What is the application process? How can you make yourself stand out as a candidate? Most importantly, how can you turn a temporary assignment into a full-time opportunity?

Panelists include directors and graduates from return to work programs in various industries. We are pleased to feature:


Your Instructor


Moderator: Tami M. Forman
Moderator: Tami M. Forman

Marina Groothuis returned to work in October, 2015 through a Path Forward (pathforward.org) internship as a marketing coordinator at Return Path, Inc., a software company in New York.

In February, 2016, she was hired as a marketing analyst in the Marketing Operations group at Return Path. Marina spent the first nine years of her career in direct marketing at J.Crew, BMG Direct, and an e-commerce start up. In 2003, while working as a marketing director at BMG, Marina chose to leave her job to become a stay-at-home mom.

Six years later, Marina followed her life’s passion to become a certified yoga teacher. Starting in 2012, in addition to teaching yoga, she joined a wellness center in Roslyn, New York as its marketing director, launching their social marketing, advertising the business, and managing the customer database.

Marina holds her A.B. in Russian Studies from Columbia College. She also holds her E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) certification from the Yoga Alliance as well as her Inbound Certification from HubSpot.

Lauren Tracey is the Company Relations Manager of LaunchCode, a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology.

Lauren has focused her career on hiring and recruiting, mostly within Information Technology. She is passionate about placing driven and skilled individuals into careers that promote growth and creativity. She has supported small startups through Fortune 500 companies, nationwide.

Lauren received her B.S. in Psychology from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.


Frances Trelease is the President of Boomer Den LLC, a search firm that matches qualified adult interns to area businesses.

A professional journalist and lecturer with more than 20 years experience, Frances uses her MBA and industry knowledge to help ambitious adults — talented boomers — achieve their dreams by partnering them with new career opportunities and allowing them to write their own chapter two.

Frances holds her B.A. in Journalism and her M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Connecticut.

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