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Internships & Prizes

Susan Rose Internships in Music

Smith College music majors and other Smith students who have taken a significant number of courses in music are eligible to apply for Susan Rose Internships in Music. Thanks to the generosity of Susan Wechsler Rose, '63, students have profited from internships—in performance, in academic musical study, in the larger world of the music business—that have ranged from participation in the opera workshop at the Aspen Music Festival to the study of traditional Ewe drumming in the African nation of Ghana, and from field work on Buddhist chanting in California to bibliographical work on Berlioz at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

These internships, awarded by the Department of Music and providing support up to an approximate maximum of $5,000, are normally carried out during the summer months following the junior year. For many students, the projects completed during the tenure of their Susan Rose Internships have been highly important components of their general musical studies at Smith College, and have occasionally opened doors to careers in music.


The Smith College Department of Music also awards annual prizes for excellent work in the areas of music history, theory, composition, and performance. In some cases these prizes offer substantial amounts that may cover the expense of summer musical study or even tuition at an institution of higher learning.