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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
Media Production across Formats

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In this panel, we explore different and new ways to produce media content, whether through social media, music festivals, advertisements, or entertainment. Through our professional experiences in media production this past summer, we gained knowledge about the industries we want to pursue after graduation. We’ve learned that acquiring an internship in media is certainly challenging and can be about chance, connections, or simply being persistent. One panel member worked as a lighting intern for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn music festival; one member was a production intern for WKYU PBS and its television program, Lost River Sessions; another member was a social media intern at National Geographic and a creative intern at a budding socialist think tank, and one panelist was a video production intern at Emporia Entertainment. Each member of our panel had unique experiences working in male-dominated creative industries and applied their knowledge from Mount Holyoke coursework and leadership to navigate their responsibilities.


Robin Blaetz

Chair of Film Studies; Professor of Film Studies, Mount Holyoke College

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Elizabeth Gottshall

Building an Entertainment Empire in New York City, Art Studio & Computer Science Major
Elizabeth’s life went to new heights as she left her small hometown in Georgia for the Big Apple this summer. She joined Emporia Entertainment, a production company that does everything from photoshoots to commercials to radio and more. Elizabeth was a video production intern with... Read More →

Roberta Green

Five College Film Studies and Politics Major
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Isabella Olgaard

A Summer of 25 Concerts and a Great Deal of Experience Gained, Art Studio & Five College Film Studies Major
Aren’t you supposed to have fun in the summer? This summer I did exactly that. I worked for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, a summer-long music festival run by a non-profit in Brooklyn, New York, as a lighting production intern. One of my favorite parts of my day included running the follow... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Clapp 218