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Centers and Programs

Community Service Office

The CSO encourages learning through community service work and trains students in community leadership.

The Design Thinking Initiative

The Design Thinking Initiative is a pilot program launched in 2015. Smith’s approach to design thinking considers broad social issues to question how gender, power and ability shape who gets to participate in designing the world we live and work in.

Educational Outreach

These programs link 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.

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

The Kahn Institute expands the concepts of a liberal arts college and a liberal arts education.

Lazarus Center for Career Development

The center is an invaluable resource for life and work planning, both during and after the college years, offering assistance in finding summer jobs and internships as well as in changing careers later in life.

Phoebe Reese Lewis Leadership Program

This innovative program provides undergraduate women with hands-on learning experiences and training in practical leadership skills.


This feminist, interdisciplinary journal provides 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, this program allows students to explore the processes for making and implementing public policy on the national level.

The Poetry Center

The Poetry Center connects the work of the classroom with the world of living poets.

Smith Program at the Smithsonian Institution

This program allows qualified juniors and seniors to work with some of the nation's preeminent curators and scholars of American culture.

Smith Scholars Program

This program is 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 and participation in politics and governance worldwide.