Approximately 400 students per year receive Praxis stipends to work at unpaid summer internships here and abroad in such fields as health care, government, education, communications, research, social welfare, technology, law, science and the arts. These internships help students build on their academic studies, make decisions about their careers, and acquire the experiences and skills desired by employers and graduate schools.
2017 Praxis Application
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 4, 2017.
All required materials must be submitted by this deadline.
Praxis Express Appointments: On-the-Spot Approval
When your application is complete, sign up for a 20-minute Praxis Express appointment for final approval.
Stop by the Lazarus Center or call x2582 to sign up for a time slot. This is the fastest way to ensure your application gets processed ASAP.
FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE ABROAD ONLY:
The deadline to submit your Praxis application and all supporting materials is the last day of your semester abroad.
IMPORTANT: If you are doing an internship abroad and not in your home country, you must consult the State Department Travel Warning list to verify that it is safe to travel and work in that country. Praxis WILL NOT be approved for internships in countries that have travel warnings.
Internships are an increasingly important element of education for students wishing to advance to graduate school or professional positions. Because many students cannot afford to accept an unpaid internship and forego summer earnings, the Praxis program is critical in assuring that all students can pursue opportunities that expand their education but cannot or do not pay a salary.
Praxis-funded internships are intended to help students:
- Apply the theoretical learning of their liberal arts education to a field of work
- Gain broader exposure to opportunities beyond Smith and beyond the classroom
- Acquire first hand access to the institutions, problems, and conditions that they are studying
- Obtain the hands-on experience and skills valued by employers and graduate schools.
- Work closely with professionals to gain a deeper knowledge of a particular field.