The world needs strong women leaders. EmpowHER is designed for women who are bold, unapologetic, and ready to spark change.

Are you that woman?

Applications for our 2020 program are now closed.
Enrollment decisions will be sent in early March.


Eligibility (part 1 of 2)

  • Identify as a woman and/or female and/or nonbinary or gender nonconforming 
  • Currently be enrolled in college or university (an undergraduate or graduate institution of higher education, including community college, 4-year degree programs, or graduate study; full or part-time), or be a recent graduate, having graduated no more than one year from the June 2020.
  • Have completed at least 60 college credit hours and/or be at least the equivalent of a rising junior in college by May 30th, 2020.
  • Commit to securing and completing a full- or part-time summer internship (at least 20 hours/week, for a minimum of 6 weeks) in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Internships in Maryland and Virginia qualify, as long as they are within 30 miles of Washington, D.C. 

*Note: while not a requirement, this program is designed for individuals who have completed three or fewer D.C.-based internships in their career field.

Eligibility (part 2 of 2)

  • Applicant’s summer internship must be centered on public service. For the purposes of the EmpowHER program, we define public service as careers that are working to make the world a better place. This can include and is not limited to: government, public service, nonprofit endeavors, the private sector, and/or women’s rights, and can include the social sciences, the humanities, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and the arts. 
  • Commit to completing our e-learning curriculum in the spring of 2020, including proactively working with program staff to support your summer internship and career goals.
  • Commit to being in Washington, D.C. from May 30, 2020, to August 1, 2020, participate in a summer internship, and actively participate in required weekly EmpowHER programming.


Our mission is to champion women who, like our namesake B.A., seek to make a difference in the world. We have six “BA Values”, and invite those who embody and advance these values to apply. We invite women from all academic institutions to apply to EmpowHER, including community colleges, online universities, state schools, and private colleges or universities. Women of color, immigrants or recent immigrants regardless of citizenship status, first-generation Americans and first-generation college students, members of the LGBTQ+ (including nonbinary or gender non-conforming individuals) community, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


The EmpowHER application can be accessed and completed entirely online. Within the online application, applicants will be asked to submit the following: 

  • Resume (2-page maximum, PDF only)
  • Your most recent transcript(s) (official or unofficial accepted, PDF only)
  • A two-paragraph professional statement on your career interests and goals (additional details on what this should include may be found in the online application)
  • A "BA Woman" essay, video, or audio file on how you embody our organization's values (additional details on what this should include may be found in the online application portal)
  • The name and email address of one reference, who will receive directions from EmpowHER to submit their recommendation on your behalf

Want more information before applying? Check out the recording of our virtual info session about EmpowHER 2020!


Fall 2019: Applications open for EmpowHER 2020

February 1, 2020: Applications close for EmpowHER 2020

March 2020: Applicants notified of acceptance status and invited to enroll. First 50% of program payment due at the time of enrollment. From the moment of enrollment, you’ll be provided BA Women exclusive support for your internship application process.

April-May 2020: Enrolled participants complete weekly online learning modules that support their professional development and prepare them for a summer in D.C.  

Late May 2020: EmpowHER participants move to DC. Remaining 50% of program payment due at least 24 hours prior to your arrival in D.C. 

June 6th, 2020: Required “Welcome-to-Washington” afternoon orientation and evening reception to meet the broader BA Women Community

June - August 2020: EmpowHER participants complete summer internships in D.C. and attend weekly EmpowHER programming (workshops, networking, guest speakers, etc)

August 1st, 2020: Last day of EmpowHER 2020 programming and entrance into the “BA Women” alumnae community.

Are scholarships available to support the cost of the EmpowHER program?

We are committed to supporting women from all financial backgrounds and will be awarding a limited number of scholarships to applicants demonstrating financial need and for whom a small amount of support would make a significant difference. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to participate in EmpowHER, please complete our scholarship portion of the application form.

Other questions? 

Have other questions about eligibility, the types of internships we support, costs, scholarships, and more?  Watch our virtual info session about EmpowHER program benefits and more! You'll hear from our Executive Director, program team, and alumnae about the application process, what your summer will look like, and what it's like to be a BA Woman. Be sure to also visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.