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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 • 2:45pm - 3:40pm
Outreach: Taking your internship to the community

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What links an East Coast city to a rural village in Swaziland? The fundamental human needs to have a voice, beauty, and sustenance in their life. We spent our summer reaching within communities and experiencing first-hand the impact different types of outreach programs had on those in need. Our work ranged from giving a voice and direct aid to LGBTQ prisoners, assisting the Boston Celtics in implementing hundreds of outreach programs and events, providing space for personal and professional growth, including skill building and self-sufficiency, and bringing water and basic health resources to rural communities. While we each had different summer experiences, we were motivated to do outreach work not only to help the community but to determine whether we wanted to pursue a career path in these fields. Did working in these fields meet our expectations of potential future career paths? Join us as we share our stories.


Timothy Malacarne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science

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Sarah Byrne

Psychology Major
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Emily M. Conley

Diversifying Community Programs in a Brooklyn Church with a Radical Viewpoint, Environmental Studies Major
I spent this summer as an Assistant Program Coordinator at the Park Church Co-op in Brooklyn, New York. My primary responsibility was to do research and set up contacts for larger projects the Co-op wanted to pursue. I focused on establishing the church as a part of the Sanctuary... Read More →
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Daiana Griffith

Nonprofit Organizing: Advocating for Prisoners' Rights, Politics Major
Through Lynk, this summer I had the opportunity to work with Black and Pink, which is a non-profit organization that works with incarcerated LGBTQ and HIV+ people on a national level through advocacy, direct service, education, and organizing. At this internship, I was in charge of... Read More →
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Deyscha Smith

Off the Court: Social Change and Community Outreach with the Boston Celtics, Sociology Major
Professional sports organizations have a huge platform to service the community and insinuate social change. This summer, I interned with the Boston Celtics and got to experience first-hand how their Community Engagement department provided impactful programs, opportunities and events... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Carr 102