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Smith-Barr Internship Award

Award amount: Up to $3,500, 1-2 grants awarded

Funding from the Iris Barr and the Professor Emeritus David Smith Internship Awards have been combined to provide one larger internship award.

David E. Smith, professor emeritus of English and American Studies, was one of Hampshire's founders, joining the faculty in 1970. He was tremendously influential in shaping the College's pedagogy and curriculum, and in particular was a champion of interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching and research. Funding for this award was established by former students in his honor.

Iris Barr was the beloved aunt of a Hampshire alum, who had significant experience supervising and mentoring College interns at her company. She particularly enjoyed this work, contributing to the growth and development of young people. Funding was established by her family in her honor.


This award is to support a Hampshire College student who is participating in an internship with an organization whose focus is on the environment or on indigenous communities in the U.S. or the developing world. Special consideration is given to applicants working with Native American communities in Alaska. The internship must be related to the student's academic work and career interests.


  • Open to Division II and III Hampshire students who will be enrolled in the fall (field study is ok).
  • Must be a current student in good academic and disciplinary standing. 
  • Graduating students are not eligible.
  • Must be a current Hampshire College financial aid recipient or otherwise demonstrate financial need.

To Apply

Please use the Social Justice Summer Grant Application Process

You will need to submit:

  • The online application
  • Faculty statement of support
  • Organization statement of support

All the online forms and the deadline can be found on the Social Justice Summer Grant website.

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Amherst, MA 01002