Students who intern abroad and not in their home country are eligible for a $3500 stipend.
If you are already abroad, or are planning to intern in another country, please read below:
- IMPORTANT UPDATE: 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.
- Any student participating in an internship abroad must complete the Mandatory Travel Registry for individual travelers even if the internship is in a home country.
- Many countries have very strict visa requirements for internships. The Lazarus Center does not provide guidance on visas. Students should contact the country embassy to obtain information on proper internship visa procedures well in advance of their departure.
- Allow extra time for locating and applying to an internship; extra time to secure your appropriate visas; extra time for having your application reviewed; extra time for your checks to be processed. Allow plenty of time for communicating by email, fax and letter, particularly if you're studying in a location where communications are delayed.
- If you are abroad, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (413-585-2596) the rest of your Praxis application to the Lazarus Center. The cost of faxing is often very high overseas. To avoid the expense of faxing, plan ahead to ensure that you have enough time in advance of the application deadline to mail your application.
- Study abroad students may have an extended Praxis deadline. You may submit your application from February 1 through the last day of your semester abroad or by the Praxis Deadline, whichever occurs later.
- If you are on a JYA program, send your completed application with supporting materials to the Lazarus Center by by e-mail (email@example.com) or fax (413-585-2596). You will be notified by e-mail of the status of your application.
- Be sure to check your Smith email account routinely. All Praxis communications will go to your Smith email account, so it's important to check it regularly.
Students on Southern-Hemisphere Programs
- If you are on a Smith-approved study abroad program for a semester or full academic year (fall and spring semesters), and your school's longest break occurs during our (i.e. Northern Hemisphere's) winter months, you may apply for Praxis funding to assist you with expenses for an internship undertaken during that break. This situation pertains to students in the Southern Hemisphere and in the Smith JYA program in Hamburg, Germany.
- Students participating in Smith JYA programs need to consult with the faculty director regarding internships and the legal use of Praxis funding in each JYA country.
- Attach a copy of your school's calendar indicating the start and end dates of your long break to your application. This copy must come from the school's Web site, catalog or from another school publication.
- Submit your Praxis-funding application at least one to two weeks before your internship is scheduled to begin. If you have questions about the eligibility of your internship before you submit your application e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smith Study Abroad Programs
- You may request the director of your JYA program to act as your Praxis faculty advisor, provided that you are on a Smith program. You should meet with your director to go over Praxis funding application, or to discuss your internship plans and goals. After such a meeting has taken place please ask your faculty advisor to sign your application and send an e-mail confirmation to email@example.com.
Non-Smith Study Abroad Programs
- If you are on a non-Smith study abroad program, e-mail a description of your internship and your written statements (see application instructions) to a Smith faculty member. Be sure to ask your professor to email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that they have read your application.
- Indicate on your application whether you want your first Praxis check mailed to your permanent mailing address or to your campus mailbox. Exception: If you are currently active for direct deposit for payroll, your Praxis stipend will be direct deposited to that same account. If you are not set up for direct deposit and your permanent address is not in the United States, you may request that your checks be mailed to a United States address of your choice.