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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
Dipping Your Feet in Familiar and Foreign Waters: Gaining Transferable Skills Near and Far from Home

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Taking positions either abroad or back home domestically, our respective internships called us to evaluate the needs of our workplaces without compromising our individual learning expectations. Navigating new and familiar environments, our panel gained new appreciation for the places in which we found ourselves learning. We came to new workplaces with fresh eyes and enriched our perspectives using previously-acquired skills learned at Mount Holyoke. Whether it was translating marketing publications in the French countryside, assisting the senior site director in resolving critical and delicate situations in the Eternal City, supporting the international office of a major Italian university, or conducting research in a psychology lab in Eastern Massachusetts, we all gained transferable skills that will contribute to our remaining time at Mount Holyoke and to our future careers. Although working with a wide range of academic interests and internships, as interns, we found commonalities in the ways that we adjusted to our work placements and acquired knowledge that transcends specific fields or locations.


Jeremy King

Professor of History

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Claudia Espinosa

The Venetian Job: Can Productivity and Serenity Coexist?, Romance Languages Major
Interning for the international office of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice offered insight to the ways in which an office job in Italy differs from one in the United States. My summer experience deepened my understanding of Italian culture and caused me to question preconceived... Read More →
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Marianna Maddock

When in Rome..., Economics Major and Nexus in Global Business
This summer I interned with CISabroad at their Italian headquarters location in Rome as the Senior Site Director Assistant. CISabroad is an international education organization whose mission is that of cultivating engaged world citizens and is committed to providing the best overall... Read More →

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