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On the Road With Praxis

A generous gift in honor of Rochelle “Shelly” Lazarus ’68, chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, will support Praxis: The Liberal Arts at Work, Smith College’s internship program. Ogilvy colleagues wishing to commemorate Lazarus’ 35 years at the firm -- one of the largest advertising companies in the world -- gave Smith $35,000 this fall to establish the new Shelly Lazarus Praxis Internship Fund.

This year alone, Praxis internships took some 400 Smith students to different parts of the world. The program, administered by the Career Development Office, gives each student a $2,000 grant to cover the expenses of a 220-hour summer internship linked to an academic component. The organizations for which they worked included museums in Boston and Oaxaca; news organizations such as CNN and the Daily Hampshire Gazette; educational organizations in India, Cambodia and the United States; and nongovernmental organizations such as the United Nations Religions for Peace program in New York.

Chemistry major Aurora Fields ’08, top photo, worked in the emergency room at Bellevue Hospital, while theatre major Diane Yea Bin Oh ’08 interned at The Public Theatre, both in New York. Visit www.smith.edu/future/next/praxis.php for the personal stories of some of the 2006 Praxis interns.

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