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JANDON CENTER Leadership Opportunities


Praxis Internships

The Praxis program allows every Smith student the opportunity to elect an internship funded by the college. Administered by
the Career Development Office, the program gives each Smith sophomore or junior access to a one-time stipend that ensures that each student can afford to participate in a summer internship. Some students choose summer work
with a community partner organization for their Praxis internship.

Community Service Office Programs


STRIDE Fellowships

STRIDE Fellows assume leadership roles in Community Service Office volunteer projects, assist faculty in community-based learning courses and research projects, and work in outreach programs for children, teachers and families. They also attend meetings in the community and help the Jandon Center staff and faculty identify and implement projects with community partners. For more information, see the STRIDE web page.

Community Partner Fellows Program

The Community Partners Fellows Program is designed for students who are interested in deepening their commitment to a community partnership by acting as the liaison between the Jandon Center's Community Service Office and the community partner. Fellows coordinate recruitment, training, outreach, and give support to volunteers.

Community Service Office Executive Board

Being a member of the Community Service Office (CSO) Executive Board offers students a voice in the scope and direction of community service projects throughout their one-year committment. They learn the basics of operating a small non-profit organization, attend weekly one-hour board meetings, and spend one hour per week in the Jandon Center office.

The Board develops policies, coordinates events, recruits volunteers, and organizes gatherings about community needs and volunteering. Ten students are appointed to the Board each academic year, and each member assumes leadership for a specific programming area. The roles are Chair, Outreach Intern, Short-Term projects, Blood Drive, Community Education Chair, Publicity/Newsletter Chair, and Outreach Intern. Board members attend a 10-hour training program on leadership.

First Link Team Leaders

First Link is a specialized community service orientation program that engages incoming Smith students in hands-on community service projects and guided reflection. As facilitators, First Link team leaders play an important role by supporting new students’ adjustment to college and linking them with community service projects. Team Leaders attend an eight- to ten-hour training program.

Science and Techology Outreach Programs

The Science Center AEMES Scholar

The Science Center AEMES Scholar assumes a leadership role by working with the Science and Technology Outreach Coordinator in the research and development of Science Outreach activities; and research the reasons for the loss of interest in STEM in the middle grades.


January Science Teaching Fellowship Program

In the Science Teaching Fellowship, undergraduates are introduced to educational pedagogy, lesson planning, classroom management and standards, in preparation for an intensive one-week program during January Interterm. Selected undergraduates work in pairs, with guidance from the Science Center Outreach Coordinator, Smith Science faculty, and K-12 teachers. They research, develop, practice, and teach lessons in a range of science.

Science Center Early Research Associates

The Early Research Associate develops lessons and activities to test in local schools or in GED programs. Once the activity is refined, the Associate works to develop a classroom loaner kit that can be used in the community or with a group visiting campus.

Smith College STEM Ambassadors

Smith undergraduates looking for short-term leadership opportunities can sign up to deliver science and engineering activities for single or multiple sessions. Throughout the year, local schools, after-school programs, and adult education centers request Smith visits to their institutions or STEM field trips to the Smith campus. Science and Technology Outreach volunteers, with some guidance from the Coordinator, work in teams to plan and develop specific activities that respond to requests by community partners. Two examples of programs are "Girls Who Code" and the Girl Scout LEGO Robotics Team.


Urban Education Initiative


Project Coach


The Urban Education Initiative is an innovative service learning program. It brings Smith undergraduate students and Smith graduate students (earning an MA in teaching or an MS in ESS), to partner elementary, middle and high school student leaders in tutoring and sports coaching. For more information, go to the Urban Education Initiative web page.

Project Coach bridges economic, educational, and social divisions facing Springfield's youth by providing under-resourced teens with support and paid employment as sport coaches and teachers of elementary-aged children. For more information, go to the Project Coach page.