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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
Striving for Social Betterment: Behind the Scenes of Non-Profit Organizations

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The purpose of “non-profit organizations,” as the term itself suggests, is not to distribute excess revenue to their members but to advocate for various social causes. The five members of this panel worked at both domestic and international non-profit organizations over the summer with wide-ranging missions. They applied different skillsets in their respective roles for these organizations, many of which were informed by their Mount Holyoke education. Each panelist will discuss not only their internship experiences, but also their insights about working in a humanitarian field while dealing with the unique challenges behind the scenes.


Timothy Farnham

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

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Claire Beckett

Challenges of an Ethical Life: Research in Global Labor Practices and Supply Chains, French and Politics Major
How does one begin to combat the wide-ranging labor rights abuses that occur worldwide? As our world economy becomes increasingly global, so too do the labor rights issues inextricably linked to it. Is it possible to work alongside multinational corporations in the fight against these... Read More →
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Hoai Thu Dang

A Summer as Development Intern at Frances Perkins Center, Economics Major
Frances Perkins Center commits itself not only to the preservation of our first female Cabinet member’s history, but also to the betterment of the society through various programs that recognize and encourage various members of the community to dedicate their effort towards public... Read More →
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Trang Thu Hoang

Human Library Vietnam: Eradicating Social Prejudices through Open Dialogues, Psychology Major, English Minor
Coming to the unique “library” full of human “books” at one of the Human Library project’s events is a chance to tear down your preconceptions about a person’s identity, be it their gender, sexual orientation, appearance, disability, occupation or lifestyle. This summer... Read More →
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Anima Shrestha

Preserving the Legacy of Frances Perkins and Promoting Social Betterment, Politics Major
The Frances Perkins Center in Maine has two important goals. One is to preserve the legacy of a woman who changed the social fabric of America, and another to recognize those who have improved the lives of others through their work in government and other NGOs. My education at Mount... Read More →
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Anran Wang

Political Ecology in Action: Takeaways from Working at WWF China, Economics and Environmental Studies Major
Anran’s summer internship at WWF China became a hub of synergies. Professionally, the international NGO platform enabled her to build ongoing relationships with groups of dedicated professionals working across various sectors, and to participate in over-arching discussions in Beijing... Read More →

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