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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 • 3:45pm - 4:40pm
Education Beyond the Classroom

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This panel explores the field of education from multiple perspectives. Our experiences this past summer included: Fulbright research in education, interning with the executive director of a charter school, teaching English and completing educational research in Argentina, and working with an education reform nonprofit. Each of our diverse experiences expanded our collective understandings of the fields of education and education policy. We worked independently, experienced working in new office environments, and overcame unforeseeable challenges. In the end, we all grew individually and gained new insights into our future career goals. By bringing together global and local perspectives, our panel seeks to understand the various facets of educational policy and how each of our unique experiences contributes to our knowledge of the field. We seek to share our process of finding these internships and how they have ultimately impacted our plans for a future in education.

avatar for Jennifer Kalbourji

Jennifer Kalbourji

A Collaborative Approach to School Administration: Incorporating Student Experiences in Educational Policy, Psychology and Education Major
This presentation will encompass my experiences interning with the executive director of a public charter high school in Rhode Island. Bringing my experiences as a student, mentor, and administrator, I collaborated with faculty to address detention policies, curriculum development... Read More →
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Ariya Lawson

New Perspectives on a Flawed System, Psychology and Education Major
This summer, I worked in D.C. with a nonprofit organization, Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). DFER works at the local level to engage with elected officials to encourage conversation and champion reform projects that serve the public school students of those communities. Though... Read More →
avatar for Alissa Smith

Alissa Smith

The Intersection of Education and Culture: Teaching and Educational Research in Argentina, Educational Policy Studies Special Major
As an Educational Policy Studies major and teacher licensure candidate, I always seek to deepen my understanding of the field of education. I have had many experiences within the US in education but none in international education until this past summer. I had the opportunity to intern... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 3:45pm - 4:40pm EDT
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