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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
4 Continents, 33 Countries, 5 Non-Profit Organizations, 1 Lynk

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Navigating nonprofits from different organizational perspectives, our summer experiences involved engagement with both local and global missions. While one panel member aided families in the transition from unsafe living conditions to sustainable housing in North Carolina, another panelist in New York provided legal services to LGBTQ and HIV-positive individuals. From Washington DC, our third panelist used digital media to raise awareness about human rights violations in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Our fourth panel member helped create policies that advocate for quality education inclusive to all students in Ghana. Our final panelist in Boston contributed to research to further resettlement efforts for refugees overseas. The non-profit organizations where we worked spanned the globe; the projects we pursued were as diverse as the communities with which we engaged.

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Caroline Clowers

The Non-Profit Network: How Organizations Adapt to Meet Community Needs, English Major and Nexus in Journalism and Media
This summer I had the opportunity to complete an internship in non-profit management through an organization called GreeNest. Their mission is to aid individuals and families in their transition from unsafe living conditions into sustainable housing. This was my third internship involving... Read More →
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Sara Kamal

The Human Rights Network in a Digital Age, Economics and Statistics Major
Keeping in mind my desire to work with social and education policy post-graduation, I spent my summer interning with a non-profit in D.C. called "Good of All" (GOA). Good of All works to create awareness for human rights violations around the world, using digital media to reach its... Read More →
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Schuyler Lamb

Advocacy for Low-Income LGBTQ and HIV+ New Yorkers, Art History Major
The LGBTQ and HIV unit at Brooklyn Legal Services provides free legal services to LGBTQ and HIV+ residents of Brooklyn on problems related to housing, public benefits, immigration, and employment law. Paralegal interns meet with clients, attend community meetings, accompany attorneys... Read More →

Topaz Mukulu

Refugee Protection: Behind the Scenes of a Non-Profit, Economics Major
How do human rights organizations respond to a policy that halts and reverses their efforts? This summer, I interned at RefugePoint, an NGO that identifies and protects the world’s most at-risk refugees. Working from the headquarters in Cambridge, MA, I conducted refugee-related... Read More →
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Kaussar Rahman

The Privatization of Education in Ghana: the Case of Omega School Franchise, Biology Major and Nexus in Educational Policy
During my internship, I worked with the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC), a network of civil society organizations that invest in promoting quality basic education for all students. During my time at GNECC, I learned how the privatization of education influences... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Clapp 218