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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
Government and Policy across Borders

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This panel focuses on internships in government and policy on different levels: state (or provincial), national, international and supranational. Students interned for the United States Congress, the European Parliament, a non-profit international organization, a multi-national business collaborative, and the Fulbright Commission. Our internships examined the different interactions between government and policy and different career possibilities for students with backgrounds in politics and international relations. We each faced challenges in our internships, whether it was being the only woman in a predominantly-male environment, a woman of color in a Belgian firm, or working abroad in a foreign language. We will explore the differences and similarities in our internship’s relationship with government and policy, as well as the challenges we faced in acquiring internships, both at home and abroad. Our students who interned abroad will address their specific challenges in living abroad, while our students who interned domestically will address their specific challenges as well.


Sohail Hashmi

Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics

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Lorena Cacho

Shaping Your Future: Life within an International Organization, International Relations Major
During the summer of 2017 Lorena had the opportunity to intern in Montevideo, Uruguay for the Latin American Integration Association. Being an international relations major whose aspirations are to someday become a lawyer and work with human rights in the UN, she thought that working... Read More →
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Sarah McCool

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Revolution, International Relations Major
During this panel, Sarah will discuss her internship at the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, a Boston-based nonprofit that aims to train, recruit, and elect women candidates for office across the state. Sarah spent her summer researching and writing the 40-year, complete... Read More →
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Upasana Sharma

Policy Making at International Institutions: Fulbright Commission, International Relations Major
Upasana’s presentation will focus on her experience at the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium as an Educational Advising Intern during the summer of 2017. She will focus on three main aspects of working at the Fulbright: international diplomacy, policy making and education-based... Read More →
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Anna Shortridge

International Politics on Capitol Hill: from the Senate to the House, Politics Major
As a student studying international politics, I had the treat of splitting my summer between two internships on Capitol Hill: one with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the other with the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. I watched... Read More →
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Echo Wang

Europe as a Cross-Border Democracy, International Relations & French Major
This presentation will focus on how the democratic institutions of the European Union function and how they embody the idea of democracy. Through her eight-week internship at the European Parliament, Echo familiarized herself with the structure of the Parliament and various public... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Kendade 303