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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.
Friday, October 20 • 12:30pm - 1:25pm
The Art of Effective Communication

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What do internships in equestrian lifestyle, the apparel industry, health and wellness, and radical interfaith politics have in common? They all have a united focus on journalism and communications on a local and global scale. This panel seeks to elaborate on the ways in which each intern learned to be proactive self-advocates in a professional setting. Using the interdisciplinary skills learned through a liberal arts education, each intern utilized the power of communication to engage with target audiences and navigate the office environment.


Todd Brewster

Visiting Senior Lecturer in English

avatar for Allegra  Dufresne

Allegra Dufresne

Whose Job is it Anyway?: Making the Best Out of Unexpected Situations, Critical Social Thought Major
When I stepped into the office of Tikkun, a Berkeley-based radical interfaith magazine, I was greeted with “Welcome! Your supervisor is away all summer and we don’t know what to you with you!”. This presentation will be about how I faced the challenge of training somebody to... Read More →
avatar for Emily


Equestrian Living Magazine: from Intern to Contributing Writer, English Major
Equestrian Living Magazine, an internationally-published equestrian lifestyle magazine, allowed me the opportunity to combine two of my passions – horses and writing. As an intern, I performed various tasks including transcribing interviews, researching horse show venues, and reaching... Read More →
avatar for Adrianna  Ke

Adrianna Ke

The Subtle Art of Communication, Economics Major
In this panel, I will be talking about how to maximize the effect of communication by understanding the subtlety of words. Communication is based on common understanding; however, because of individuals' different worldviews, we understand and misunderstand everyday. It is essential... Read More →
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Isoke Samuel

Avocados, Crystals, Leggings and the Journey to Finding My Voice In A Lifestyle Publication, English Major and Nexus in Journalism and Media
Well+Good is a premier lifestyle and news publication focused on health and wellness. As an incredibly niche publication, their following consists of loyal readers and fans who are constantly trying to live healthier and happier lives. During my internship at Well+Good, I worked closely... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Kendade 303