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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 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Bridging the Gap from Journalism to the Arts

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In this panel we will explore the various stages of media production ranging from representational media to the logistics of performance. We participated in internships which focused on the production of media from its inception to its final product. As panelists we will share our individual experiences including, but not limited to, evaluating depictions of emerging technologies in media, utilizing media journalism as a tool for social change, casting and covering media from the perspective of Hollywood talent management, and focusing on theatre as both an art form and a business.


Noah Tuleja

Assistant Professor in Theatre Arts; Director of the Rooke Theatre

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Abigail Carroll

All the World's a Stage, Astronomy and Theatre Major
As an early career actor, getting your foot in the door of a professional theatre and jump-starting your career can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Do you take the time to focus primarily on training? Do you dive right into the audition process? Do you cross your fingers and... Read More →
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Digital Journalism: A Tool for Social Change, Theatre Major
Digital journalism can be an effective tool to promote social change. Not only is it an easily accessible medium with which to represent personal stories accurately, it is an effective tool to share information with other communities and policymakers. This summer Claire worked with... Read More →
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Esther Simon

Talent Management: The Hollywood Perspective on Media Production/Coverage, Five College Film Studies and Art History Major
As an intern at a talent management company, Esther was able to get an inside look at how film and television is cast, pitched, and produced. She worked for Silver Lining Entertainment, a relatively new company formed by several seasoned managers and a few new faces in the business... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Clapp 306