Returnship Program

Remember, this is a return-to-work program so the gap in your resume is welcome. Please consider applying for any job where you feel like you might be a fit. These jobs are for Returners like you. Don’t be shy. Let Women Back to Work evaluate your skillset and work with you to decide if you are a match for the role.

Click to view the current open roles for the Cisco Return-to-Work Program. Please check back regularly as new roles will continue to be added.

Imagine a career at Cisco

Grow your experience and love where you work

“Post-pandemic, it’s more important than ever to invest in returnship programs that help bridge the gender divide in companies. A growing body of research shows that diversity contributes significantly to a company’s success. Supporting programs like Women Back to Work helps normalize women returning to work, no matter how long or short their career gap. We are proud to partner with Akraya on this and encourage other companies to do the same.”

Grace Francisco, VP Developer Relations Strategy and Experience, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Ready to restart your career?
What to expect at Cisco.

A rewarding role

Grow your career and professional development journey while receiving the support of our return-to-work program.


Workshops, mentorship, and trainings are all included to help you navigate the workplace in your return-to-work journey.

Learn from the best

Cisco attracts some of the finest technical talent in the world. Work side-by-side with these talented engineers and learn from the best.

Bigger and better

The Cisco Return-to-Work Program is the largest, most comprehensive program in the country for technical professionals who are looking to return to the workforce after a career break. Multiple leaders across multiple departments within Cisco are participating.

Cisco’s 2019 Inaugural Return-to-Work Program

In 2019, Women Back to Work partnered with Cisco to launch their very first return-to-work program. It was successful beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. The interest, talent, and overall success of the program had the WBW and Cisco teams immediately planning for version 2.0. And while the pandemic pushed the launch date back, it was never going to stop to tremendous momentum that was gained in 2019. Below are some of the highlights from that very first program.

Listen to Returner Margaret Seery tell her story about returning to work in the inaguaral Cisco Program.

“At Cisco, we are excited to continue our partnership with Akraya’s Women Back to Work initiative to further our mission in Engineering to bring women back to work and forge an inclusive culture where women and their careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated!”

Sonali Natarajan, Sr. Director, Business and Engineering Operations, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Women of Cisco

“It is my absolute privilege to serve as the global executive sponsor for Connected Women. One of my idols, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, once said, ‘There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’ And while I love her, I actually prefer to say, ‘There’s a special place in heaven for women who do help other women.’ That last piece is at the heart of Connected Women. We listen, we learn, we support, we celebrate, and we help.”

Gerri Elliott, EVP and Chief of Sales, Cisco Systems, Inc.