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

Are you that woman?

Click here to watch a webinar 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.

The EmpowHER program application can be completed entirely online. To qualify for the program, you must meet the below requirements.

Application Requirements

  • Identify as a woman and/or female.
  • 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 10 months from March 31, the application deadline.
  • Have completed at least 60 college credit hours and/or be at least the equivalent of a rising junior in college by June 1, 2019.
  • Have applied to or been accepted to a summer internship located 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. and the applicant is able to attend weekly programming in Washington, D.C.

Internship Requirements

  • Must commit to being in Washington, D.C. from June 1, 2019, to August 1, 2019, and actively participate in required weekly EmpowHER programming.
  • 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, and/or women’s rights, and can include the social sciences, the humanities, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and the arts.
  • Please note that due to our 501(c)3 nonprofit status, we cannot support internships for specific political campaigns, political action committees, the Democratic National Committee, or Republican National Committee.

What materials do I need to submit an application to EmpowHER?

To apply for EmpowHER, and to be considered for financial aid and the $5,000 living stipend, you’ll be asked to provide information in an online form about your academic background, summer internship, and financial situation (additional details are here).

In addition to the online form, applicants will also be asked to upload or complete the following:

  • Resume (2-page maximum, PDF only)
  • Transcript(s) (official or unofficial accepted, PDF only)
  • A "BA Woman" essay or narrative. (additional details on what this should include may be found here)
  • Internship offer letter, if available. This is not required at the time of application; however, if you have been offered an internship, we ask you to upload the offer letter or email to your application as a PDF.
  • A letter of recommendation (please have the name and email address of a reference, who will receive directions to submit their letter of recommendation on your behalf)
  • A $15 application fee that must be paid by March 31 in order to be considered for EmpowHER. (If the application fee is a financial burden for you, please contact us at info@empowherwomen.org to be considered for a fee waiver.)

BONUS:
Every woman who submits an application will get complimentary insider information in a “BA Women Take Washington” internship guide!

EmpowHER provides a foundation that no other comparable program does: sisterhood. When a woman becomes part of the EmpowHER program, she becomes a BA Woman. And when she becomes a BA Woman, she becomes part of the BA Legacy.

Are there scholarships to support summer internships and the cost of the EmpowHER program?

Yes! We will be awarding a number of needs-based partial and full scholarships to the program, as well as a $5,000 stipend to 15 women to cover living expenses in Washington, D.C. for the summer. If you are interested in applying for a partial or full scholarship, or additional financial aid, to support the program tuition for this summer’s EmpowHER program, please also complete the scholarship subsection on the EmpowHER application form.

We are no longer accepting applications for EmpowHER 2019.

Can anyone apply?

Our mission is to champion women who, like our namesake B.A., seek to make a difference in the world. We are a progressive, feminist, anti-racist organization committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anyone who is female and/or identifies as a woman can apply. Women of color, immigrants or recent immigrants, dreamers, first-generation college students, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged 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.

What career fields do you support?

We know you want to change the world—and that can happen in many ways. 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, nonprofit endeavors, and/or women’s rights, and can include the social sciences, the humanities, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and the arts. There is no requirement regarding the applicant’s major or focus of study, as long as the summer position focuses on public service. Positions can be of any type (internship, fellowship, research assistantship, etc.) and take place in a variety of environments (i.e., a nonprofit organization, on Capitol Hill, research lab or project, at a hospital/clinic, etc.)

Do you support fellowships, research assistantships? Can women in STEM apply?

Just last year, we supported women interning at organizations including Save the Children, Women Thrive Alliance, Bread for the World, Church World Services, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and George Washington University Law School Immigration Clinic. We also supported women in ecology and psychology research labs, in hospitals, and the halls of Congress.

Please note that due to our 501(c)3 nonprofit status, we cannot support internships for specific political campaigns, political action committees, the Democratic National Committee, or Republican National Committee.