Special Programs

Community Service Office

Encouraging learning through community service work, and training students in community leadership.

Educational Outreach

Linking the research and teaching interests of Smith faculty and students to the needs of schools and communities.


Students with high academic achievement and strong community involvement are encouraged to apply for international and domestic fellowships through the college.

First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars are interdisciplinary courses that enable faculty and first-year students to engage in extensive inquiry about an issue, topic or problem.  

The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

Expanding the concepts of a liberal arts college and a liberal arts education.

Lazarus Center for Career Development

An invaluable resource for life and work planning, both during and after the college years, from summer job and internship assistance to career changes later in life.

Phoebe Reese Lewis Leadership Program

An innovative program designed to provide undergraduate women with hands-on learning experiences and training in practical leadership skills.


A feminist, interdisciplinary journal whose goal is to provide a forum for the finest scholarship and creative work by and about women of color.

Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program

Open to Smith juniors and seniors, the program provides students with an opportunity to study the processes by which public policy is made and implemented at the national level.

The Poetry Center

Connecting the work of the classroom with the world of living poets.

Smith Program at the Smithsonian Institution

Smith's internship program at the Smithsonian Institution allows qualified juniors and seniors to work with some of the nation's preeminent curators and scholars of American culture.

Smith Scholars Program

Designed for highly motivated and talented students who want to spend one or two years working on projects of their own devising.

The STRIDE Program

Smith offers some of its finest incoming first-year students one of the best perks possible: a scholarship that includes a paid research position with a Smith professor.

Study Abroad

Foreign study is so popular that each year nearly half of the junior class studies abroad.

Women in Public Service Project

A partnership of the U.S. Department of State and Smith, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke and Wellesley colleges, the Women in Public Service Project works to advance women’s leadership in politics and governance worldwide.

Women's Narratives Project

Smith’s Women’s Narratives Project provides opportunities for students and alumnae to think deeply and systematically about their multiple life goals.