EmpowHER, a BA Women initiative, is an application-based, 8-week intensive summer program in Washington, D.C. designed for women who seek to make a difference in the world. EmpowHER will help participants, who already have Washington, D.C.-based internships, prepare for and succeed in their positions—and help to launch their careers. As an EmpowHER participant, you will get access to customized professional and leadership development opportunities, field-specific mentors, career coaching, and invitations to a variety of networking and social events. And (perhaps most importantly), EmpowHER invites you into a lifelong network of supportive BA Women—the ultimate feminist girl gang.

We believe the future is female. The application for EmpowHER 2020 will be coming soon.  Learn more about how to get involved by signing up for the EmpowHER newsletter.

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Who is a BA Woman?

A BA Woman is daring and compassionate, tenacious and persistent. She’s a total BAdass. She lifts while she climbs, making the world around her a better place, every step of the way. A BA Woman has a passion for change and the drive to go out and make it happen. Through EmpowHER, and her tribe of BA women, she’s unstoppable.

What is the EmpowHER program?

EmpowHER is a Washington, D.C.-based program focused on shattering limitations and propelling you toward a successful future. EmpowHER provides you with the support to grow as a person and a professional, helping you to become the most BAdass version of yourself, alongside other women who are on this same journey.

If you’re looking to embark on a path toward career development and empowerment, Washington, D.C. is the place to start. As a participant in EmpowHER, you’re in our nation’s capital, where you’ll be supported by a framework that’s designed to spark meaningful career advancement, develop your leadership skills, and connect you to a community of BA Women who will help you reach your goals. These BA Women offer something no other program can: the BA Legacy.

Can individuals and businesses support this mission?

Yes! When we invest in women, we invest in the future. To do this, we must support one another, unite together, and provide resources to make change happen. So, we invite you to Back A BA Woman this summer. For as little as $50 a month, you’ll change her life—and then she’ll change the world.

Femme-forward businesses are equally invited to Back A BA Woman. We’re especially excited to feature businesses local to the D.C. area, where BA Women might want to spend—or earn—their hard earned dollars.

We’ll also be looking for individuals to donate in non-monetary ways, including through mentoring and hosting events at their homes and businesses. Check back soon for more details!

How can I apply for the EmpowHER program?

Congrats, you’ve just found the key to elevating your career, redefining empowerment, and becoming a stronger leader with the EmpowHER program! It’s time to take the first step toward joining the movement fiercely dedicated to your advancement. The EmpowHER application asks you to thoughtfully share more about who you are and your goals for the future. Filling out the application is super easy and can be completed entirely online.

Applications for EmpowHER 2020 will open in the early spring.  While we plan to welcome just 40  BA Women into the program this summer, we’ll send every woman who completes the application our signature “BA Women Take Washington” information pack with internship tips, professional resources, and more.

How much does the EmpowHER program cost and are there scholarships available?


For the summer of 2019:

  • 40 women will be accepted into the EmpowHER program
  • The program cost is $6,000 per person. Full and partial needs-based scholarships to the program are available.
  • We are dedicated to making living and interning in Washington, D.C. possible and are awarding 15 $5,000 needs-based summer living stipends to accepted EmpowHER participants in addition to full needs-based scholarships to cover the cost of the EmpowHER program. Scholarships and financial aid will be awarded to women for whom a small amount of support would make a significant difference.
  • The EmpowHER program is valued at $12,000 (but we think it’s truly priceless). This includes dedicated skills workshops, training seminars, mentorship, leadership development programming, and a coveted entrance to the BA sisterhood. Inclusion in the BA sisterhood guarantees lifetime access to the BA network, professional and personal support, and continuation of resources that extend beyond the program’s formal end.