Student Programs

Opportunities for Students at Barnard College and Beyond

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies offers various opportunities for students at Barnard and beyond.  Ranging from curricular programs to leadership development workshops, the Athena Center teaches students how to take an active role within their own lives and make informed and strategic decisions that reflect their personal and professional aspirations. 


For Undergraduates

The Athena Scholars Program

The Athena Scholars Program combines rigorous academic and experiential studies that help students prepare to assume positions of leadership at the highest levels of achievement. LEARN MORE

The Athena Leadership Lab

Open to all Barnard students, the Athena Leadership Lab enables students to explore and practice practical leadership skills.  LEARN MORE

Fellowship Programs

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies offers three fellowship programs that are open to all Barnard students: the Athena Summer Fellowship Program, the Williams Program for Women in Politics, and the Non-Profit Leadership Summer Fellowship.  LEARN MORE

Vibrant Community

Athena plans a variety of events that help Athena Scholars get to know one another and feel connected to the program.  They include parties, faculty-student dinners, opportunities for younger students to talk about potential majors with juniors and seniors, senior project presentations, tickets to charity dinners, and more. LEARN MORE

On Our Terms: The Undergraduate Journal of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College

The online academic journal of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, On Our Terms provides a venue for undergraduates to express their vision of women’s leadership and to recognize their scholarship. LEARN MORE

Athena Summer Innovation Institute (For High-School Students)

In collaboration with Barnard’s Office of Pre-College Programs and leading business and STEM educators, Athena hosts an intensive 10-day summer program for female high-school students. Participants will design businesses, pitch their plans to respected investors from the startup sector, and be exposed to core entrepreneurial concepts.  LEARN MORE