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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
Protecting Rights, Advocating and Building Peace for the Other

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Rights, advocacy, understanding and respect-- these are all difficult issues to navigate in the world today. Though we worked in vastly different areas, each of us worked on helping under-served populations navigate these issues either through non-profit organizations, criminal defense law firms or civil rights enforcement agencies. This summer, we all worked in the US, in an area that is related to a controversial issue in the present day-- religious extremism, Jewish affairs, criminal justice, and discriminatory practices in the workplace. Each of us used our internship experiences to create a more just and compassionate society by bringing our unique perspectives to the table.


Amina Steinfels

Associate Professor of Religion

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Samantha Kell

Relearning the Past, Politics Major
This summer, I worked at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey, a branch of the Jewish Federation, in the government affairs department. While my main task was planning a seminar for local legislative interns, I was also able to meet influential politicians... Read More →
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Cymone Martin

Sociology Major and Nexus Law, Public Policy and Human Rights
Through Lynk I had the opportunity to intern at Cripps & Silver, a criminal defense law firm in Detroit, Michigan. Cripps & Silver represents clients across the state charged with various misdemeanors and felonies such as: parole revocation, driver’s license restoration, appeals... Read More →
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Fareeha Shamim

Bridging the Political and Religious Spheres in Support of Peacemaking: My Summer Internship at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, Economics and International Relations Major
This summer I interned at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), an organisation bridging religious considerations with the practice of international politics in support of peacemaking. As an intern, I contributed to the the training program of Pakistani imams... Read More →
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Isabelle Tan

Behind the Scenes: Enforcing Civil Rights, History Major, Computer Science Minor
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) is a civil rights law enforcement agency which investigates cases involving discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation. As an investigative intern, I was primarily investigating cases of discrimination... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 3:45pm - 4:40pm EDT
Cleveland L2