Two practical experiences are required:
1. A minimum of one semester, or equivalent, studying abroad in the foreign language and culture. International students may count their study at Smith as study abroad.
2. An internship or independent research project that focuses on translation/interpretation or cross-cultural issues and that engages the foreign language in a significant way and meets the following minimum requirements:
- Consist of 100 hours of work - roughly equivalent to a semester-long campus commitment or a 2.5-week full-time internship. (Two or even three different practical experiences or internships can be added to achieve the 100 hours of work.)
- Focus on substantive, content-based work.
- Occur after your arrival at Smith.
- Be approved by your concentration adviser.
Note: If Praxis funding is used to support the experience, there may be requirements in addition to those outlined here.
Practical Experience Approval Form
To complete this Google form, click on the link above and sign in to Smith Google mail.
Retroactive Practicum Experiences
With your adviser’s approval, a practical experience completed before entering the Translation Studies Concentration may be accepted provided that it consisted of at least 100 hours, and took place after your senior year of high school and within 2 years of matriculating at Smith. Please consult your concentration adviser, and then document your experience by completing the Practical Experience Approval Form retroactively with your concentration adviser.
Financial support for internships or practical experiences may be available through the Office for International Study's International Experience Grants, Blumberg Traveling Fellowships, the 1983 Developing World Fund, and the Anita Volz Wien '62 Global Scholars Fund.
The Lazarus Center for Career Development offers Praxis stipends for unpaid summer internships.
A number of other grants for specific regions may also be available for students studying or interning abroad or in immigrant communities in the United States.
The Lazarus Center for Career Development keeps a database of students who have worked, interned or studied abroad with organizations or companies and that offer a ready resource for concentrators. Students can also consult with the Office for International Study as well as the current directors of the Smith Programs Abroad and Smith consortium programs abroad.