Approximately 400 students per year receive Praxis stipends to work at unpaid summer internships here and abroad in such fields as health care, government, education, communications, research, social welfare, technology, law, science and the arts. These internships help students build on their academic studies, make decisions about their careers, and acquire the experiences and skills desired by employers and graduate schools.
Internships are an increasingly important element of education for students wishing to advance to graduate school or professional positions. Because many students cannot afford to accept an unpaid internship and forego summer earnings, the Praxis program is critical in assuring that all students can pursue opportunities that expand their education but cannot or do not pay a salary.
Praxis-funded internships are intended to help students:
- Apply the theoretical learning of their liberal arts education to a field of work
- Gain broader exposure to opportunities beyond Smith and beyond the classroom
- Acquire first hand access to the institutions, problems, and conditions that they are studying
- Obtain the hands-on experience and skills valued by employers and graduate schools.
- Work closely with professionals to gain a deeper knowledge of a particular field.
PRAXIS at Work: Living History at Old Sturbridge Village
Praxis Interns experience first-hand the life of early 19th-century New England villagers at the living history museum.