Fellowships and Internships

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies offers four fellowship programs: The Athena Summer Fellowship Program, the Williams Program for Women in Politics,  Non-Profit Leadership Summer Fellowship, and the Athena Harriman 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 is 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.
  • The Williams Program for Women in Politics is available to Athena Scholars in their sophomore and junior years. It 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.
  • The Silberstein Non-Profit Leadership Summer Fellowship is 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 Athena Harriman Summer Fellowship is available to  scholars in their sophomore or junior year. The Athena Center for Leadership Studies, in collaboration with the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, established a summer fellowship program that will enable Athena Scholars interested in the Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian region to learn from local women leaders in private, non-profit, and/or governmental agencies.
  • The Global Summer Fellowship is available to two current Barnard College students in their sophomore or junior year to work in organizations affiliated with the Council of Women World Leaders, including Council Members, Council Advisory Group Members, and other organizations.