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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
Power of Problem Solving: Impactful ideas

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“The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure.” This summer four Mount Holyoke students leaped into the unexpected as they explored paths in economic research, management and marketing, which helped them get a better understanding of the professional world and themselves. Through conducting an independent research on the global tobacco market, performing market research for a communications company, analyzing marketing trends to expand the company’s business, and conducting trade and resource-allocation research for a newly-turned Federal Nepal, these four women have learnt that excelling at any job means having the courage to work with ambiguity. Come join them as they deliver how experiences in the liberal arts classroom helped them navigate through various new challenges and strengthened their problem-solving ability to come up with impactful solutions. They will not only deliver how they applied academic models and theories to the complex global world but also discuss what helped each of them to turn their summer works into enriching and fulfilling experiences.


Christopher Mitchell

Assistant Professor of International Relations and Politics, Mount Holyoke College

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Claire Han

Global Tobacco Market: Applying Models from Neoclassical Economics and Analyzing Mergers, Economics and Math Major
In my independent research, I defined the global tobacco market through a comparison of the top 10 largest tobacco companies’ market shares, increasing or decreasing tobacco sales in developing and developed countries, and a rising competitive structure between emerging companies... Read More →
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Sally Hu

The Art of Communication: Storytelling That Resonates Across Cultures, International Relations & Italian Major
My past summer was well-spent at a boutique communications firm in New York City. As a PR & marketing intern, I worked with travel sector clients, from spectacular destinations like the islands of Tahiti, to the traditional Japanese onsen ryokan (hot spring inn) operators and beyond... Read More →
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Uyen Nguyen

Marketing and PR in Japan: Challenges and Impacts, Math Major
“What do I have to know and prepare to work for a company in a country that I have never been to?”, “What are the expectations and outcomes?” These are the questions that Uyen, who has had an impactful and engaging internship in Japan, kept asking herself before going for... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 3:45pm - 4:40pm EDT
Kendade 305