The Praxis program allows every Smith student the opportunity to elect an internship funded by the college. As the members of the 1997 Self-Study Steering Committee wrote in their report, "We are persuaded that the educational experiences of Smith students are greatly enhanced when theoretical learning is tied to practical experience...Such experiences can allow students to explore academic disciplines in depth, providing the impetus for higher graduate-school and career aspirations. These internship experiences can be thought of as apprenticeships that make a significant contribution to the student's education."
Administered by the Career Development Office, the program gives each Smith sophomore or junior access to a one-time stipend that ensures she can afford to participate in a summer internship that draws on her academic background and builds on her career goals. Praxis allows students to use their stipend for internships in fields where funding is not typically offered, such as the arts, start-up businesses and some media as well as for collaborative activities with faculty.