As an EmpowHER participant, you’ll be a part of an intensive 8-week summer program and join a network of fierce BA Women, for life. We’re committed to doing our best to provide you with the tools, connections, and resources needed to help you build your future. We want your voice to be heard, your vision to be seen, and your ideas to come to fruition. We want to help enhance your knowledge, embrace your BAdassery, and empower others along the way.

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There are many benefits to joining the EmpowHER program:

  • $5,000 living stipend (awarded to needs-based program participants)
  • Exclusive invitation to 8+ professional development workshops throughout the summer (with topics including salary negotiation, career visioning, self-advocacy, and more)
  • Academic credit at your collegiate institution (based on your institution’s policies)
  • Invite-only access to 8+ group social events throughout the summer (including BBQs, brunches, museum access, and more)
  • Curated, hand-picked mentor matching
  • Guidance from established industry leaders, including our executive director, Mary Bruce, who teaches leadership and social entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia
  • Supplemental support from mentors, alumnae, program staff, and industry experts dedicated to sharing crucial tips to help you launch and navigate your career
  • Exclusive invitation to an annual day-long leadership summit in Washington, D.C. this November focused on professional advancement, networking, and career opportunities
  • Dedicated sexual harassment protection training focused on resource navigation, advocacy, and individual rights
  • Professional headshots
  • 24/7 emergency support via a direct phone number
  • Immersion in the BA sisterhood and network of 120 BA Women Alumnae (and growing) dedicated to your ongoing career success


When you become a BA Woman, you’re joining more than just a summer program. You’re joining a movement toward opportunity and equity for women. You’re joining a family, a sisterhood that will have your back. A BA Woman is surrounded by fellow women who support each other and encourage mutual development of untapped potential. This sisterhood of amazing women will push you toward excellence in all things.

After your summer with EmpowHER, you’ll officially be a “BA Woman,” joining more than 80 previous alumnae and entering into a world of exciting alumnae opportunities! Through your professional and personal journeys, you will make strides together with your BA Women, for life.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

We are committed to supporting women from all financial backgrounds. As a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, we rely on contributions to make our programs possible. If you are interested in applying for a full scholarship or additional financial aid to support the program tuition for this summer’s EmpowHER program, please complete our scholarship portion of the application form.

Internship Support

Internships can open many doors and EmpowHER will teach you the essential skills to ensure you get the most out of your summer in Washington, D.C. You’ll learn valuable skills, like how to communicate with your supervisor, how to use public transportation, what to wear on your first day, and how to navigate and understand your workplace rights.

Workplace Rights

It’s important to understand your workplace rights, especially including workplace sexual harassment, and how to handle a situation if it arises. In addition to providing you with research and tools to help navigate the workplace, we also provide specific training about your workplace rights and host events designed to set you up for a summer of success!

Professional Development

EmpowHER gives you the platform to be unstoppable, providing you with the resources you need to make big things happen. As part of the EmpowHER program, you’ll be invited to exclusive professional development workshops that cover topics such as salary negotiation, defining your personal mission and career vision, building your network, and more. You’ll also meet with a professional coach, and get a comprehensive LinkedIn and resume review.


The Washington, D.C. Experience

Washington, D.C. is a busy and exciting place—which may sometimes seem a bit overwhelming! Our past participants said that the best way they navigated their new city and found friends in Washington, D.C. was through joining our BA Women’s initiative program. EmpowHER will help introduce you to your D.C. feminist girl gang and help you take advantage of all Washington, D.C. has to offer. From the D.C. Jazz Festival and the Citi Open tennis tournament, to any of the 19 world-class Smithsonian museums or the annual 17th Street Festival, summer in Washington, D.C. is second to none with its countless cultural, historic, and artistic experiences.

Mentoring & Networking

EmpowHER is committed to helping develop a community of authentic, powerful women to lift one another toward success. As part of the program, we match each of our participants with a mentor from our community of dedicated professionals. Our incredible network will aid you in establishing a tribe of professional contacts, mentors, and references. These matches will serve as advisors, friends, and lifelong advocates to help each of our participants achieve their dreams. We will provide you with tools to be successful in these environments, help you find events to grow your network, and create opportunities for you to meet others with shared professional interests.