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Ready to restart your career? Return to your profession and come build the future at Amazon.

Our 16-week, paid and benefit-eligible virtual returnships provide a structured environment through which returners receive work assignments that help them reintegrate into the workforce and acclimate to Amazon’s peculiar ways. Subject to performance and feedback throughout the returnship program, qualified candidates may be offered full-time employment at Amazon.


During your returnship, we invite you to:

Chart your own path. The possibilities you explore, the opportunities you take advantage of, and the impact you have are driven by your ideas and initiative. Your experience and trajectory at Amazon is in your hands.

Accelerate your growth. We encourage you to experiment with new possibilities, take risks, and learn quickly by doing challenging work with the remarkable people you will encounter every day.

Bring your voice. We value individual expression, respect different opinions, and work together to create a culture where each of us is able to contribute fully. Our unique backgrounds and perspectives strengthen our ability to achieve Amazon’s mission of being Earth’s most customer-centric company.

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Returners receive project plans and are encouraged to own their projects from start to finish. Upon completion, Amazon teams provide feedback on overall performance, deliverables, and skills as they relate to the role, project expectations, and Amazon's Leadership Principles.

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Classroom trainings and self-service offerings help teams meet their goals, learn from each other, and dive deep into Amazon culture and processes. Returners have opportunities to develop personal and professional networks by taking part in social events, attending workshops, or joining an affinity group.

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We provide returners with opportunities to take part in building the future for Amazon customers. We pair every returner with a mentor and a manager who will enable success and facilitate career growth by providing guidance on projects, giving feedback on key deliverables, and working to remove barriers.

Meet some of our returners.

Hear from employees about their experiences with the Amazon Returnship program.

Arathi S.

Technical Program Manager II, Global Mile | Virtual

After working in the software industry for 17 years, Arathi decided to pursue her dream of being a teacher. She taught programming courses at a local community college for three years, before taking an extended break to focus on her family. During that break, she wrote technical articles, learned mobile programming languages, and released a mobile gaming app. Two years later, determined to put her knowledge and experience back to good use, she came across Amazon’s Returnship program. She now works as a TPM, managing the planning and execution of programs, products, and services for cross-border transportation.

Arathi was seeking opportunities that would offer her the time and support she might need to get back into the industry. Her Amazon returnship provided just that, in addition to mentorship, guidance, and lasting friendships.

Michael M.

Software Development Engineer | Seattle, WA

In 2017, Michael relocated from his hometown in South Florida to Seattle. He started working at an Amazon distribution center in Renton, WA, and just over a year later he came across a job listing for a return-to-work program for corporate roles at Amazon. Michael decided to join as a returner because he was excited to restart his career, and his experience with the company culture convinced him that a returnship at Amazon would be a great option for him after taking a career break.

Michael was assigned to work on a new project that was in its design stage, and he got to be involved in multiple aspects of the project development process. He was given meaningful tasks to complete and provided with feedback from mentors throughout the returnship process. He has been impressed by the vast number of resources that Amazon offers for personal growth and career development, which he has been able to utilize and carry with him into his current role.

Carolina S.

Quality Assurance Engineer II | Virtual

In 2015, Carolina married and relocated from Argentina to North Carolina. She stepped away from her career to raise her children and teach Spanish at a private elementary school. During her time away, she stayed abreast of technology advances in automation frameworks, machine learning, and trends. She wanted to join Amazon because it is both customer and employee centric.

After being away from software for seven years, Carolina often feels like she has stepped out of a time capsule and says she learns something new every hour. Her favorite part of working for Amazon is the kind and brilliant people. She appreciates that her hiring manager and teammates are invested in the success of her returnship journey.

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