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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
The Ripple Effect: Impacting Policy Locally, Nationally, and Internationally

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Local, national and county-level policy change can trigger incremental change, rippling from states to countries to the world. Likewise, our internships were situated at different levels of policy, but we all managed to contribute something to our fields, whether focusing on firearms, immigration, labor, or environmental conservation. Our individual presentations will discuss how we engaged with researching current public policies that affect the lives of people at local, state, domestic, and international levels. We will discuss our shared experience in data collection and statistical work while also speaking as to what legal research looks like from different vantage points, tying them together in a shared method and purpose. Although differing in fields and subject matter, our panel is a testament to how internships focused at the local level are equally as vital as research conducted internationally.

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avatar for Nadia  Babar

Nadia Babar

Young, Scrappy, and Hungry: Fast-Track to Becoming a Lawyer, Philosophy and Politics Major
This summer, I worked as a law clerk for the Gove Law Office in Northampton, Massachusetts. As an aspiring attorney, I was ecstatic to be able to experience the legal world as a rising junior. Furthermore, I wasn’t just tasked with menial errands like grabbing coffee and making... Read More →
avatar for Spurthi  Jonnalagadda

Spurthi Jonnalagadda

Real Impacts of Theoretical Statutes: Econometric Analysis of the Law, Economics Major
Over the summer, I worked at Stanford Law School, researching for a professor who was interested in looking at the impacts of various firearm policies on crime rates in the country. My work consisted of many different tasks. I wrote literature reviews, compiling and consolidating... Read More →
avatar for Sofia  Raiffa

Sofia Raiffa

Testing the Waters of Human Rights and Non-Profit Work, Politics & Sociology Major
This past summer I was able to explore the possibilities of a career in nonprofit work, which gave a more nuanced and informed view of the field. Working at the global-reaching and locally-based non-profit Verite was both rewarding and enlightening as I was able to hone and polish... Read More →
avatar for Alice Simmons

Alice Simmons

Mapping a Career in Local Government, Environmental Studies Major
This summer I interned with the Town of South Hadley’s Conservation Commission, under the supervision of the town planner and the conservation administrator. I was initially hired to create maps of the trails in the town’s conservation areas, but I found myself involved in much... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm
Kendade 107