Well, being the anti-social homebody that I am, my weekends at Smith are usually spent on campus, either hanging out with my friends, doing homework, or going to an event. I think some people do feel kind of closed in at Smith, but I’ve never been one of them. If you want to get off campus on a weekend, it’s easy and cheap to take a Peter Pan Bus to Boston or other big cities. We also have several zipcars on campus, and the other four colleges for weekend fun.
There are actually a number of paid internship opportunities on campus. I interned in admissions, but I have friends who worked in the costume shop and in the computer science department. There are internships available off-campus as well, which you’ll hear about in emails from the Lazarus Center for Career Development as a Smithie. If you go to their website (www.smith.edu/cdo), you can find information on local internships, but in my experience, most people either have a job or internship on campus or none at all during the school year. The best time to intern is the summer, when you can get funding from Smith to help you out, and you aren’t limited to the 5-College area. Smithies go all over the world for summer internships and work experience, including Boston (although I given the distance between Boston and Northampton, it’s probably not feasible to do an internship there during the school year).