Fellowships and Internships

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies offers three fellowship programs: The Athena Summer Fellowship Program, the Williams Program for Women in Politics, and the Non-Profit Leadership Summer Fellowship.  Through these fellowships, students gain insight on leadership styles and strategies in the public and private sectors; develop personal leadership and professional skills; and create support networks with fellow female professionals. 
Selection of all Athena Center-funded fellowships is through a competitive process: students will submit written applications and undergo interviews with program administrators. Funded students reflect diverse interests and backgrounds, and demonstrate leadership, passion, motivation, excellence and a willingness to collaborate with others to achieve their goals.

The Athena Summer Fellowship Program

Open to all Barnard students completing their junior year, the Summer Fellows receive a $4,000 stipend and live together for ten weeks in New York City, meeting regularly to reflect on their summer internship and participate in educational and social events with Athena Center staff and other leaders.  Ten students are selected for this competitive fellowship, with at least half them interning at non-profit organizations.  Applications are accepted from December to January annually and are available via NACElink.  In 2012, Athena Summer Fellows interned at the following businesses and organizations:
  • The Dr. Oz television show
  • The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
  • Do Something
  • McGraw-Hill Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • United Talent Agency
  • Ratner Lab, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Knopf Doubleday Publishing Co.
  • Marie Wilson, author
  • Grovo, a tech start-up
  • Behind the Book

Meet the 2013 Fellows (coming soon!)

The Williams Program for Women in Politics

Available to Athena Scholars in their sophomore and junior years, the Williams Program for Women in Politics enables Athena Scholars interested in a career in politics or public policy to learn from government and policy leaders and organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., their hometown, or state capital.  These internships provide Athena Scholars with work experience, mentors and role models that can inspire them to work for the common good, and encourage their own political aspirations. The highly competitive Williams Program offers Scholars a $2,500 stipend and the ability to intern in government agencies and offices, public policy organizations, think tanks, or with elected officials (with the exception of campaigns). In the past, Williams Fellows have worked at: Reede Street Strategies, World Policy Institute, the Korean Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training, Office of the Mayor - Commission on Women's Issues, the World Policy Institute, and for Senator Kristen Gillibrand.

Meet the 2013 Williams Program Fellow (coming soon!)

The Non-Profit Leadership Summer Fellowship

This fellowship is only available to Athena Scholars in their sophomore and junior years.  The Non-Profit Leadership Summer Fellowship aims to give Athena Scholars an inside look at leadership in non-profit organizations and identify a pool of talented students who aspire to careers in this sector.  The Non-Profit Leadership Summer Fellowship hopes to build a unified community through dialogue of shared work experiences, tips, and friendly conversation that can act as a base for participants working in this sector. This competitive Non-Profit Leadership program offers Scholars a $2,000 stipend and the chance to intern at any non-profit organization that focuses on children.  In the past, Non-Profit Leadership Fellows 2011 (formerly known as Leadership 18 Fellows) have worked at: United Way, United Cerebral Palsy and the Cooke Institute.

Meet the 2013 Non-Profit Leadership Fellows (coming soon!)


Throughout the summer, participants in both the Williams and the Non-Profit Program submit biweekly updates and reflections on their internship experience, including observations of different leadership skills, styles, and strategies manifested in their organization.

For more information on internships, please contact Dr. Abigail Sara Lewis at alewis@barnard.edu.