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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.

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Session III [clear filter]
Friday, October 20

2:45pm EDT

Dialogues within Our Community: Updating our Connections
Whether it comes in the form of a tweet, a YouTube video, or a demonstration to the public, communication is vital for making meaningful connections. Over the summer, our panelists worked in a variety of fields; they developed social media visibility for a private American Sign Language school, worked to increase campus involvement in the botanic garden at Mount Holyoke, helped to plan and oversee a camp for children that focused on teaching peaceful solutions to everyday problems, and worked in a living history museum. Each internship position had diverse needs and challenges, with one common goal: expanding the method and means of communication. This panel will explore the ways in which the panelists worked towards this goal and the field-specific challenges they each faced along the way.


KC Haydon

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

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Melissa Curran

Environmental Studies Major, Environmental Advocacy in the National Parks
The National Parks Service was created to preserve some of our nation’s most unique landscapes, for the health of the environment, and for public recreation. My internship this summer was at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, and included fieldwork to preserve the area, as... Read More →
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Expanding the Online Presence for an ASL School, Psychology Major
Martha had the pleasure of interning with SIGNING Basics, a private American Sign Language school in Springfield, MA. This work allowed Martha to develop and expand her ASL skills, as was expected; but there was much more, beyond this, to be gained. Martha researched various aspects... Read More →
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Kate Ouimette

Eat Your Vegetables: Cultivating a Connection to History, History Major
Why should we care about 19th-century squash varieties or plants that are considered roadside weeds today? Cultivating a person's interest in this kind of history can be a daunting task, but drawing connections to the past can help us understand the contexts in which our current society... Read More →
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Mairead Rose Tuttle

Promoting Peace and Justice, Economics and French Major
Issues concerning peace and justice exist all over the world. This summer, I had the opportunity to work with an organization that promotes education about these issues in northeastern Pennsylvania. Throughout my time with the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice, I had... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Kendade 305

2:45pm EDT

Dipping Your Feet in Familiar and Foreign Waters: Gaining Transferable Skills Near and Far from Home
Taking positions either abroad or back home domestically, our respective internships called us to evaluate the needs of our workplaces without compromising our individual learning expectations. Navigating new and familiar environments, our panel gained new appreciation for the places in which we found ourselves learning. We came to new workplaces with fresh eyes and enriched our perspectives using previously-acquired skills learned at Mount Holyoke. Whether it was translating marketing publications in the French countryside, assisting the senior site director in resolving critical and delicate situations in the Eternal City, supporting the international office of a major Italian university, or conducting research in a psychology lab in Eastern Massachusetts, we all gained transferable skills that will contribute to our remaining time at Mount Holyoke and to our future careers. Although working with a wide range of academic interests and internships, as interns, we found commonalities in the ways that we adjusted to our work placements and acquired knowledge that transcends specific fields or locations.


Jeremy King

Professor of History

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Claudia Espinosa

The Venetian Job: Can Productivity and Serenity Coexist?, Romance Languages Major
Interning for the international office of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice offered insight to the ways in which an office job in Italy differs from one in the United States. My summer experience deepened my understanding of Italian culture and caused me to question preconceived... Read More →
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Marianna Maddock

When in Rome..., Economics Major and Nexus in Global Business
This summer I interned with CISabroad at their Italian headquarters location in Rome as the Senior Site Director Assistant. CISabroad is an international education organization whose mission is that of cultivating engaged world citizens and is committed to providing the best overall... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Cleveland L1

2:45pm EDT

Dirty, Poor, and Proud: Exploring Opportunities for the MHC Afterlife
Many key scientific findings start with smaller, less visible projects. Working in these jobs requires motivation, passion and an understanding of how daily responsibilities translate to the bigger picture. From the Baltic sea to local flora, the four panelists discovered value in the “less glamorous” side of scientific research. Students interned with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the National Audubon’s Project Puffin in Maine, the Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden, and the University of Rostock’s Marine Science Center in Germany. Waist-deep in Wisconsin swamps, splattered in bird droppings, caked in soil, and constantly reeking of dead fish, the panelists contributed to broader advances in biology and environmental science that went beyond their individual internships. The students explore how their experiences heightened their understandings of fieldwork and provided insight into possibilities and passions after graduation.


Patricia Brennan

Visiting Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College
I am a biologist.


(5) Anna Rzchowski

Timothy Farnham, Environmental Studies
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Illianna Termuehlen

The Simple Life: Conservation on a Seabird Island, Environmental Studies Major
I packed my belongings into two duffel bags and drove off to Stratton Island. My home would be a single-person tent. I was warned that my neighbors would dive bomb my head and destroy my clothes with their acidic feces. I would be working for Project Puffin, a conservation effort... Read More →
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Zhuoran Yu

A Peaceful Mind in the Botanic Garden, Environmental Studies Major
Put your hands in the soil and you can feel the natural energy from the Earth. Zhuoran had a wonderful time exploring plants as well as finding a peaceful mind in Summer 2017 during her internship at the Mount Holyoke Botanic Garden. From pulling weeds to maintain the tidiness of... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Kendade 203

2:45pm EDT

Expanding Never Fear/Change Beyond Mount Holyoke College
The Mount Holyoke community has continued to instill in its students a sense of openness and willingness to change once beyond the college gates. The five members of the panel, Kim, Sam, Natalie, Sarah, and Melissa, share how they expanded their "Never Fear / Change" mentality as upperclassmen working across the globe in Florence, Italy; Barkhamsted, Connecticut; Washington, DC; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Cebu, Philippines. Sam and Kimberly managed essential core event logistics in different settings. Natalie and Sarah inspired young students to explore their potential in academics. Melissa acquired new climate perspectives and expanded her knowledge about the federal workplace. The five panelists learned that adapting to their work environments was the best way to make the most out of their summer experiences.


Rachel Alldis

Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life, Mount Holyoke College
I am open to all conversations.

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Sarah Angela N. Almaden

Smiles from Thousands of Miles, Psychology Major
"Nasa kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan."- Jose Rizal Sarah spent most of her summer in the Philippines as an intern at Ibo Elementary School. Having her internship split into two parts, Sarah was a teaching assistant to both Mrs. Normandia, a 5th grade teacher, as well as Mrs. Mambaje... Read More →
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Kim Foreiter

Discovering My Inner Resiliant Italiana, Psychology and Education Major
Summer 2017 for Kimberly meant regaining a connection to the land her Argentinean refugee grandparents fled fascism from during World War II. Kimberly worked as a staff member for CISabroad's site in Firenze, Italia. Her work entailed: organizing and executing logistical tasks for... Read More →
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Melissa Perez

Readjustment in Public Service Goals, International Relations Major
Melissa completed her summer internship in Washington, DC as a legislative intern. Due to her interest in public service, Melissa applied in the hopes of finding reinvigorating legislative work as an intern on Capitol Hill. Her daily tasks included answering constituent calls, running... Read More →
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What Did You Do This Summer?: Preparing for Summer Camp, Psychology and Education Major
Summer camp is an integral, formative part of many peoples’ childhood. Summer camp has the potential to help children grow and learn. There is a lot that must happen before the children arrive to ensure the best possible experience for each and every one of them. I spent the beginning... Read More →
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Natalie Truong

Programming Should be Fun, Computer Science Major
Thinking that coding is a privilege that she has received from her US education, Natalie came back to her home country, Vietnam, to inspire young coders to learn, play and explore the beauty of computer programming.

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Clapp 206

2:45pm EDT

Hot and Cold History: Discovering the Past through Archaeology and Museums
History is nothing more than the discovery and interpretation of stories. Though each of us experienced different outlets of history, our internships all explored how history is made and how it is experienced today. Two panel members worked on archaeological digs, which are notoriously hot locations in the literal sense, as well as thought-of sites of groundbreaking discoveries. The other two members worked in museums, which are cold for the sake of the artifacts and assumed to be static keepers of the past. Our panelists explore the truths and misconceptions behind these stereotypes as they discuss how to tell tales from long ago.


Geoffrey Sumi

Professor of Classics

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Alexandra Brennan

The Future of the Past, Ancient Studies and Religion Major
How do museums balance the need for preservation and innovation? How can museums educate new visitors and get those visitors to come back more than once? How can historic sites function as both a community event space and a museum? This summer, I had the opportunity to work as an... Read More →
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Xinyi Hu

Bringing the Past to the Present: Archaeological Fieldwork in Idalion, History & Psychology Major
How does archaeology help us learn about the past? What does the life of an archaeologist look like? This summer, I dug in Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, an archaeological project excavating an ancient city kingdom in Dhali, Cyprus. I participated in the whole digging process... Read More →
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Robin Pegau

The Elders Were Wild: Research and Organization at a Small Town's Museum and Library, Sociology and Computer Science Major
What makes a community? What can the past tell us about our present? While working within my home town of Cordova, Alaska’s museum and library, I found myself in the lifeblood of my community, working with both the past and the present. While I helped create museum exhibits, did... Read More →
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Margaret Randall-Neppl

How Do We Know? Producing Historical Knowledge through Archeology, Anthropology and Latin Major
A theory is only good for as long as it takes to be refuted by a new discovery. This is true for archaeology as much as for any other science. While working at the Villa del Virgigno Archaeological Project in Montelupo, Italy this summer, I was able to witness firsthand as a variety... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Clapp 306

2:45pm EDT

Media Production across Formats
In this panel, we explore different and new ways to produce media content, whether through social media, music festivals, advertisements, or entertainment. Through our professional experiences in media production this past summer, we gained knowledge about the industries we want to pursue after graduation. We’ve learned that acquiring an internship in media is certainly challenging and can be about chance, connections, or simply being persistent. One panel member worked as a lighting intern for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn music festival; one member was a production intern for WKYU PBS and its television program, Lost River Sessions; another member was a social media intern at National Geographic and a creative intern at a budding socialist think tank, and one panelist was a video production intern at Emporia Entertainment. Each member of our panel had unique experiences working in male-dominated creative industries and applied their knowledge from Mount Holyoke coursework and leadership to navigate their responsibilities.


Robin Blaetz

Chair of Film Studies; Professor of Film Studies, Mount Holyoke College

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Elizabeth Gottshall

Building an Entertainment Empire in New York City, Art Studio & Computer Science Major
Elizabeth’s life went to new heights as she left her small hometown in Georgia for the Big Apple this summer. She joined Emporia Entertainment, a production company that does everything from photoshoots to commercials to radio and more. Elizabeth was a video production intern with... Read More →

Roberta Green

Five College Film Studies and Politics Major
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Isabella Olgaard

A Summer of 25 Concerts and a Great Deal of Experience Gained, Art Studio & Five College Film Studies Major
Aren’t you supposed to have fun in the summer? This summer I did exactly that. I worked for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, a summer-long music festival run by a non-profit in Brooklyn, New York, as a lighting production intern. One of my favorite parts of my day included running the follow... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Clapp 218

2:45pm EDT

Outreach: Taking your internship to the community
What links an East Coast city to a rural village in Swaziland? The fundamental human needs to have a voice, beauty, and sustenance in their life. We spent our summer reaching within communities and experiencing first-hand the impact different types of outreach programs had on those in need. Our work ranged from giving a voice and direct aid to LGBTQ prisoners, assisting the Boston Celtics in implementing hundreds of outreach programs and events, providing space for personal and professional growth, including skill building and self-sufficiency, and bringing water and basic health resources to rural communities. While we each had different summer experiences, we were motivated to do outreach work not only to help the community but to determine whether we wanted to pursue a career path in these fields. Did working in these fields meet our expectations of potential future career paths? Join us as we share our stories.


Timothy Malacarne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science

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Sarah Byrne

Psychology Major
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Emily M. Conley

Diversifying Community Programs in a Brooklyn Church with a Radical Viewpoint, Environmental Studies Major
I spent this summer as an Assistant Program Coordinator at the Park Church Co-op in Brooklyn, New York. My primary responsibility was to do research and set up contacts for larger projects the Co-op wanted to pursue. I focused on establishing the church as a part of the Sanctuary... Read More →
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Daiana Griffith

Nonprofit Organizing: Advocating for Prisoners' Rights, Politics Major
Through Lynk, this summer I had the opportunity to work with Black and Pink, which is a non-profit organization that works with incarcerated LGBTQ and HIV+ people on a national level through advocacy, direct service, education, and organizing. At this internship, I was in charge of... Read More →
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Deyscha Smith

Off the Court: Social Change and Community Outreach with the Boston Celtics, Sociology Major
Professional sports organizations have a huge platform to service the community and insinuate social change. This summer, I interned with the Boston Celtics and got to experience first-hand how their Community Engagement department provided impactful programs, opportunities and events... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Carr 102

2:45pm EDT

Race, Culture, and Politics: Disrupting Westernized Teaching Practices

“Eurocentrism is quite simply the colonizer’s model of the world.” - J.M. Blaut

In this panel, the discussions will center around defining and critiquing Western standards of teaching and the interns’ interactions with paradigms conforming to and challenging these standards. Chelsea Reid worked at The Renaissance Charter School in New York City, revising a curriculum that uses history as a lens to examine the Black Lives Matter movement. Wendy Williams partnered with The Cheerful Heart Foundation in Kasoa, Ghana to teach English to children trafficked into the fishing Industry. Autumn Welch taught English and conducted research in La Plata, Argentina at Home Intercultural Learning Center, seeing how a curriculum that challenged a Eurocentric viewpoint was put into practice.

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Amber Douglas

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; Dean of Studies; Director of Student Success Initiatives

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Intercultural Learning in Argentina: a Developing Model of Teaching, Art Studio & East Asian Studies Major
Autumn Welch worked as a teaching and research intern at Home Intercultural Learning Center in La Plata, Argentina. She taught students of all ages conversational and business English through an interdisciplinary approach that aimed to give a multicultural perspective. She also conducted... Read More →
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Chelsea Reid

1700's - Present: Black Lives Matter Practicum, Africana Studies Major
Chelsea Reid spent the summer working at the Renaissance Charter School in New York, developing and editing a a high school curriculum that contextualizes the Black Lives Matter Movement within U.S. history.
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Wendy Williams

Mind Shift: Leaving Western Teaching Practices and Flowing in Spontaneity, Music Major
Wendy Williams partnered with the Cheerful Hearts Foundation in their efforts to stop child trafficking within the fishing villages of Ghana, West Africa. She taught English to 4th, 5th and 6th graders at the Franklin Memorial Institute in Kasoa, Ghana. She will be speaking at the... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Cleveland L2

2:45pm EDT

Research in the Mind and Body: Interdisciplinary Psychological Perspectives
Psychology encompasses many disciplines and spans a broad range of topics, including physiology, trauma, animal behavior, cognition and sleep. In our respective fields, we were brought into diverse environments – science museums, academic labs, and clinical settings – which enabled us to re-examine our expectations about psychological research. Our internships were particularly valuable in allowing us to apply our research to practical contexts. Be it investigating novel therapeutic interventions, destigmatizing anomalous experiences, or increasing the accessibility of science, our research forced us to branch beyond the ivory tower and work to ensure that our findings had real-life implications for the relevant communities. The collaborative relationships we built with our faculty supervisors and mentors helped us dive deeper into our experiences and reflect on our future goals, either through continuing with our research or pursuing new directions.

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Mara Breen

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

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Lucy Bolognese

The Seuss Perspective: Can Horses Synch to a Beat? I Don't Know, It's Quite a Feat!, Psychology Major
“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)” This line from Dr. Seuss’ "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!" perfectly describes my summer as a research intern under Professor Mara Breen in the psychology department at Mount Holyoke College. In Professor... Read More →
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Robin Graney

Nightmares and Daydreams: A Thematic Investigation of Sleep Paralysis, Neuroscience Major
This past summer in Ireland, Robin assisted in data analysis in a study investigating common images and experiences in people’s most vivid episodes of sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is caused when the brain remains in a REM state as the body wakes. This momentarily traps a person... Read More →
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Corrin Moss

Hands-on Psychology: Working and Learning in a Science Museum, Psychology and Spanish Major
This summer I did psycholinguistics research and educational outreach at a science museum (COSI) through the Ohio State University. I developed research, personal, and professional skills, and now have a better sense of my future goals. I recruited subjects for my study by approaching... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Reese 304

2:45pm EDT

Science, a Universal Language: Exploring Research Opportunities Globally and Locally
Science is a universal language. From Switzerland to New Zealand and right at home in South Hadley, we conducted research in various laboratory programs. Through our unique experiences, we have explored new models for the universe with physics, studied mating behavior in rats, investigated drug addiction paradigms, and sought a possible drug therapy through nanoparticle formation mechanisms. Whether it was adapting to a new country or digging deeper into Mount Holyoke’s resources, we collectively faced challenges and strived to overcome them with confidence grounded in our Mount Holyoke foundation.


Joshua Qualls

Visiting Lecturer in Physics

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Sarah Andoh

Physical Chemistry on a Small Scale: Characterizing Iron Oxide Nanoparticles, Chemistry Major
As the field of nanotechnology grows, it proves a possible gateway to diverse applications ranging from targeted cancer drug therapy to micro data storage. More questions arise as to modifications of their synthesis on large and small scales, assembly, and crystal formation. This... Read More →
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Christina Elder

Addictive Behaviors: Where Do They Stem from?, Neuroscience Major
Currently, the number of people who suffer from a substance abuse problem is increasing throughout our world. Studying the effects of these drugs on our brain and behavior is a relevant and urgent area of research for our generation. After taking a class at Mount Holyoke that outlined... Read More →
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Ledia Gebremedhin

It’s a Rat Race!: Tracking and Studying Mating Patterns of Male and Female Rats, Biology Major
This summer I had remarkable opportunity to work as a research assistant in Professor Sarah Bacon's lab at Mount Holyoke College. My internship at experience has taught me more than I thought and helped me to expand new skills to add to my “biology tool kit”. My summer research... Read More →
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Shion Kubota

Click of Physics, Computer Science & Physics Major
There is beauty in how the existing pieces of knowledge of physics fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. I had an opportunity to work at CERN in Switzerland as a visiting scientist and explore that beauty. At CERN, a crucial piece of the puzzle called the Higgs Boson finally filled a... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Cleveland L3

2:45pm EDT

Small Companies, Big Dreams: Advancing Business with Unstructured Success
This panel will dissect the experiences of five Mount Holyoke students and how they navigated the complex environments of small businesses. They worked as marketing interns at diverse companies ranging from technology and healthcare to software startups, a design firm, and a non-profit school. The students implemented the knowledge acquired through a liberal arts education and used it to help convert their prospective challenges, such as time sensitive projects and undefined roles/expectations, into transferable skills. Students took advantage of various networking opportunities and gained exposure in how multiple departments interact in small workspaces. These internships ultimately allowed them to obtain clarity on expectations for potential career paths.

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Rick Feldman

Lecturer in Economics; Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society; Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Mount Holyoke College
Entrepreneur and social business entrepreneur; business as well as NGO CEO and Board member; worked closely with Valley Venture Mentors for 7 years; currently faculty member at Mount Holyoke College teaching and helping students to enjoy and prosper with entrepreneurship and social... Read More →

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Risha Dewan

Watching People Watch You: Working in the Digital Marketing Industry, Economics and Politics Major
Behavioral targeting, a technique used by advertisers online to increase the effectiveness of campaigns, has revolutionized the digital marketing industry. Algorithms take into account various dimensions about users and serve to provide personalized advertisements that drive performance... Read More →
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Iman Hussain

Speaking Up for Yourself: The Importance of Having a Voice as an Intern, Spanish and Politics Major
It is common to feel overwhelmed when starting as an intern, especially in a small company where there is nowhere to hide. This summer I worked in the marketing department at Perkins School for the Blind, a small non-profit school in Watertown, MA. I had to figure out when it was... Read More →
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The Roller Coaster we Call Business, Neuroscience Major
Fabwright Origins is a minimalist creative agency specializing in graphic design and digitally augmented art, sculptures, and products. At Fabwright Origins I learned how to work with Inscape, which is a visual design software that has sophisticated drawing tools. This software is... Read More →
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Ishanee Rudra

“It’s Like Uber, but for Pickles”: Navigating the Competitive World of Start-Ups., Economics and Math Major
We are constantly swimming in ideas, some good and some better. However only a handful of ideas turn into actions, and even fewer actions become sustainable start-ups. With a success rate of less than 10 percent, being an entrepreneur is harder than ever. So, what makes a start-up... Read More →
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Liz Tucksmith

Chaos within Boundary: Finding Your Calling, Finding Yourself, Computer Science Major
This presentation will reflect on my experience this summer as a marketing intern in San Francisco, where I navigated the complex environment of a software startup called Badger Maps. As a computer science major thrown into the world of business, I was apprehensive to say the least... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Kendade 107

2:45pm EDT

The Many Faces of Conservation
With today’s climate, both political and environmental, it’s positive to hear about projects actively invested in addressing the effects of humanity on the environment. In our presentation, we’d like to talk to you about some of these restoration and conservation projects. Conservation is a term that is usually used to lump together everything that involves helping the environment, but not many people take the time to consider the different facets of conservation science. Exploring both laboratory research and hands on field work, we assisted with projects focusing on ocean acidification, nesting seabird population monitoring, river restoration, and invasive plant species control. Humanity is the cause of all these changes, but we are also the only hope for fixing them. Together, we will discover the many faces of conservation.

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Alan Werner

Professor of Geology

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Shevonne O'Connor

Tropical Coral and Coralline Algae Conservation, Biology Major
With the help of Lynk funding, I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute station in Bocas del Toro, Panama. While I was there, I worked with post-doc Maggie Johnson on her ocean acidification projects, doing research in the... Read More →
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Ashley Sanchez

Out with the New, in with the Old, Neuroscience Major
Living in South Florida, I am aware of our claim to fame: beaches and palm trees. Every vacation poster advertises these beautiful trees, enticing many to come visit the tropical paradise. Did you know, though, that there is such thing as a Florida Pine? These native Floridians used... Read More →

Julia Seiple

Life on the Elwha, Environmental Studies Major
Thanks to my Lynk funding, I was able to intern with the National Park Service, specifically on the Elwha Revegetation Project in the Olympic National Park. During my time there I was mentored by a Mount Holyoke Alum named Laurel Moulton. One of the main goals of the project was... Read More →
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Fern Stidham

Shoring up Seabirds in Buzzards Bay, Environmental Studies Major
This summer I worked for MassWildlife on a long term study of Tern nesting colonies in Buzzards Bay, MA. I spent several months getting day-to-day hands-on field experience while working in a variety of settings with multiple species. This winter, one of our islands was built up with... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Clapp 407

2:45pm EDT

Transforming Education through Research, Teaching, and Advocacy
Successful education encompasses teaching and extends beyond the classroom to policy reform, research, mentorship, and innovation. This past summer these panelists explored several different avenues in education. Each experience helped play an integral role in shaping education through community outreach, teaching in early education, mentoring high school students and understanding the institution of higher education.Through these new experiences these students have gained the skills necessary to navigate the potential professional fields in which they hope to have careers.

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Amy Grillo

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education, Mount holyoke College

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Amalia Correia

Striving for a More Equitable, Quality Early Education and Care System in MA
This summer I interned with an advocacy nonprofit organization, Massachusetts Fair Share, in Boston, MA. I had the opportunity to work on four different campaigns, but my main focus was the Early Education campaign. Our two main focuses within this campaign was the bill drop for... Read More →
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Sandi-Lynn Eshun

More Than a Counselor: a Mentor and Teacher to the Underprivileged Youth, Africana Studies and Psychology Major
Through Lynk, I had the opportunity to work with Upward Bound, a federal educational program that focuses on preparing primarily low-income and first-generation students for college. Upward Bound is a part of the TRIO program, initially launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964... Read More →
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Haylea Hubacz

Asking All the Right Questions: A Look at Institutional Research in Higher Education, Statistics Major
This summer, I had the opportunity to have an internship in the office of Institutional Research, Evaluation and Assessment (IREA) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. During my time with IREA I was able to assist with research, peer review reports before... Read More →
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Kayla Ryan

Molding Young Minds: Learning Through Teaching, Psychology and Education Major
As someone interested in pursuing a career in education, I was determined to find an internship in a school setting--specifically early childhood education. I had the opportunity to spend my summer interning for Gorse Children’s Center located in South Hadley, Massachusetts. I primarily... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Kendade 303

2:45pm EDT

“Coding” Your Personal Brand in the Financial Industry
What is it like to intern at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America with a computer science background? How did we get our internships? What are some tips to build good relationships with managers and senior employees during the internship? How do people stand out at financial firms of different cultures? We would like to share some of the unique lessons we learned during our internships. Our summer experiences in the financial industry provided us with lots of opportunities to network with people of various positions from other teams and divisions. We learned not only to maintain professionalism but also to build our personal brands that help our uniqueness shine through.


Yueming Yang

Visiting Lecturer in Computer Science

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CiCi Chen

Belielf in Yourself Is Always the Key: How Do You Find Yourself Valuable in a Forbes-500 Company?, Computer Science Major
Why does financial industry need people with a computer science background? I got this question from people surrounding me all the time, ever since I decided to intern at Bank of America for the past summer. Throughout my experience with the bank, I understood the relationship between... Read More →
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Xuefei Chen

I Am Not Just Another Intern: Differentiating Myself at Morgan Stanley, Computer Science and Psychology Major
Chen interned at Morgan Stanley as a summer technology analyst this year. She helped build a voice recognition and verification software to protect the accounts of the company’s tens of thousands of clients. In addition to the project, she also participated in career-building activities... Read More →
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Jessica Feng

Conquering the Unknown: I Am Ready for More!, Computer Science & Math Major
What is it like to intern at one of the world’s largest banks as a computer science student who knew nothing about finance? This summer, I worked as a Technology Analyst at Bank of America in the greater New York City area. This opportunity provided me with experience in utilizing... Read More →
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Rebecca Kim

Owning the Experience: Making the best out of your internship, Computer Science Major
What is it like to intern at Goldman Sachs? How do you brand yourself at such a big firm? As a Summer Technology Analyst at Goldman Sachs, I learned not only to manage my own project and build a full-stack web application but also to build my personal brand among tens of thousands... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
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