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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
Crafting Dynamic and Adaptive Messaging

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This panel aims to discuss internship experiences involving dynamic interactions with diverse sectors of the public sphere. This panel includes participants from interdisciplinary fields sharing their experiences working with people of diverse backgrounds to represent the organizations with which we interned: Victoria’s Secret, Gap Inc, Minnesota Children’s Museum, CitySprouts, and the Old North Church. One common challenge was adapting to a spontaneous work environment in which the specific needs of our audience changed daily. Through different individual internships, we each learned the practical value of flexible communication and effective messaging in a working environment. The shared set of skills we developed are applicable to all future academic or professional endeavors.

avatar for Ariana Sarmiento Fielding

Ariana Sarmiento Fielding

Tale of Twin Cities, Art Studio Major
This summer I was a studio intern at Minnesota Children’s Museum. My role there was to help maintain and develop a new makerspace designed for children. As part of my daily routine, I interacted with visitors of the museum to assist with the use of materials that were available... Read More →
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Qianzhen Fu

Navigating between External and Internal Communications, Art History Major
This summer I worked at Gap Inc. Greater China as a communication & localization department intern. For an American retail industry launched in China, the role of communication is critical in driving business performance through localizing fashion taste, engaging employees and promoting... Read More →

Sharon Juerong Jiang

Adapting Messages and Targeting Consumers: nHow Does Public Relations Consultant Work in this Digital Era?, Economics Major and Nexus in Journalism and Media
We are born this digital era -- our lives are fulfilled with internet and social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. While traditional media is going down, approaches for PR consultants and marketers to reach target audiences have changed a lot. In the past summer... Read More →
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History Major, Costume Conservation at the Smithsonian
At a museum with over three million objects in its collections, how do you decide what types of preservation services each object needs? As a costume conservation intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, I was able to spend my summer experiencing the work of... Read More →
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Shannon Seigal

Cultivating Plants and Minds, Environmental Studies and Spanish Major
On a planet facing rapidly increasing environmental change and globalization, many children, particularly those who live in cities, are growing up without knowing where their food comes from. Citysprouts aims to educate students about food systems through the development and maintenance... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Cleveland L3