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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 4:45pm - 5:40pm
All Roads Are the Right One

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The fields of art and history are as diverse as the people who study them, so deciding where to start exploring when seeking an internship can be daunting. Our four panelists, Lisa Burns, Longying Xie, Dani Planer, and Sam Miller, discovered that traditional searches were not right for them and struck out on their own. Some approached organizations with which they were familiar, while others boldly contacted administrations about which they had no prior knowledge. These students discovered that the unknown can yield a wealth of personal growth, while the expected can lead to pleasant surprises. These panelists not only learned about their potential careers but about themselves and the power of self-determination in seeking work and internship opportunities.


Katherine O'Callaghan

Visiting Lecturer in English

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Lisa Burns

School Photos: Another Tool for Genealogy Research, History Major
Historical societies are a vital component to preserving local history. These organizations collect and preserve items that connect the past to the present. Their archives may include equipment related to town industry, paintings from local artists, and regional textiles of historical... Read More →
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Sam Miller

One Is Enough, History Major
One often enters into an internship with high expectations: to gain extensive knowledge of their field of study in multiple areas. This goes doubly for those whose internships were only described in vague terms; becoming an “assistant” or “helper” can mean any number of things... Read More →
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Dani Planer

Learning to Listen: an Exploration of the Independent Publishing World, Critical Social Thought Major
Through LYNK, I had the opportunity to work as a general editor with the online literary magazine and podcast Voicemail Poems, which seeks to highlight the raw and authentic voices of new and established writers of all genres. Poets submit to the magazine by reading their original... Read More →
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Longying Xie

Exploring the Art World, Art History and Economics Major
This summer, my internship in the Samuel Freeman gallery really made an impact on me. The impact is substantial because I witnessed and experienced the dynamic operation of the contemporary commercial art gallery in terms of sale, exhibition installation and artist studio visitation... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Kendade 303