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Facts for Host Organizations

Smith College’s summer internship funding program, “Praxis: The Liberal Arts at Work” pays stipends to undergraduate Smith students who work at qualified, unpaid summer internships related to their career and/or academic interests.

The Praxis summer internship funding program is mutually beneficial - to the employer who gets an extra pair of helping hands and to the Smith student who gains experience and insight into a career field.

Eligible, domestic internships (in the student's home country) will receive a stipend of $3000.

International internships (non-US and outside of the student's home country) will receive $4000.

If you would like to hire a student summer intern funded by Smith College, please notify the student no later than May 3, 2018 that you are accepting her application for an internship with your organization. Additionally, please complete the online Supervisor Confirmation Form.

Since the beginning of the program, supervisors have been highly impressed with the caliber of their Smith student interns, praising them for their competence, motivation, flexibility and adaptability, and for their skills in such areas as communication, writing, researching, analyzing, problem-solving, presentation and computer knowledge.

To qualify for a Praxis stipend, an undergradate Smith student must be accepted to an internship that:

Our students understand and expect to do clerical work (as, in fact, all staff do) in combination with more substantive, career-specific assignments, with the balance of their time being on the latter.

Please note that Smith students may only receive Praxis funding at work sites where summer interns are not normally paid. If you have other summer interns who are paid in your department, division or unit, this student would not be eligible for a stipend from the Praxis program.

If you have any questions about Smith College’s Praxis summer internship funding, please call the Lazarus Center for Career Development at (413) 585-2582, or email praxis@smith.edu.

Liability Waviers

Organizations requesting a Smith sign-off on liability waivers, assumption of risk forms, or a memo of understanding must contact Beth Carmichael, Five College Risk Manager via ecarmich@mtholyoke.edu or 413-538-2730.