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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.
Friday, October 20 • 4:45pm - 5:40pm
American Norms in a Global Context

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Both stateside and abroad, our internships allowed us to apply our Mount Holyoke education in a global context. Our internships involved us working in a variety of disciplines and around the world, whether that be conducting research on global labor rights from Massachusetts, studying herbalism through practice in Costa Rica, teaching English in Argentina, or working in Vietnam at an organization founded by American veterans. What tied us together was our process of engaging with international communities while acknowledging our positionality as Americans. Our internships led us to engage on a macro and micro-level with global communities, from legal frameworks to local practices, connecting across cultures and languages. These internships gave us each a greater perspective within our respective fields and have opened up new possibilities as to what is possible for each of us post-MHC.

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Holly Hanson

Co-Chair of the Development Studies Nexus; Professor of History

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An Introduction to Herbal Medicine in Monteverde, Costa Rica, Anthropology Major
In the face of globalizing biomedicalization, traditional medicinal plant use remains in practice throughout Costa Rica. In Monteverde, both biomedical technologies and herbal medicine exist simultaneously, providing two different interpretive frameworks which residents utilize in... Read More →
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Sabrina Im

English as Cultural Capital, International Relations Major
Intercultural language learning can stop the monopolization of American and British cultural norms by encouraging the learner to bring their own culture into the classroom while learning English. Two summers ago, I had the opportunity to work for a private language institution, Home... Read More →
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Ruth Sangree

The Role of NGOS in Post-War Reconciliation 40 Years Out, History Major
The War in Vietnam has left an indelible mark on Vietnam and the United States. Bringing about reconciliation between the two countries has been a multi-pronged effort, of which NGOs are a substantial part. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work in Hanoi, Vietnam for the... Read More →
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Adele Stock

From Cotton to Gold: Labor in a Global Context, History Major
It is not often we think about the human labor that goes into the goods we consume, or the laws that govern that labor. It is also not often we consider where, and how, our goods are produced. This summer, I gained a much deeper understanding of global labor issues through research... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm
Cleveland L3