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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.

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Session V [clear filter]
Friday, October 20

4:45pm EDT

All Roads Are the Right One
The fields of art and history are as diverse as the people who study them, so deciding where to start exploring when seeking an internship can be daunting. Our four panelists, Lisa Burns, Longying Xie, Dani Planer, and Sam Miller, discovered that traditional searches were not right for them and struck out on their own. Some approached organizations with which they were familiar, while others boldly contacted administrations about which they had no prior knowledge. These students discovered that the unknown can yield a wealth of personal growth, while the expected can lead to pleasant surprises. These panelists not only learned about their potential careers but about themselves and the power of self-determination in seeking work and internship opportunities.


Katherine O'Callaghan

Visiting Lecturer in English

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Lisa Burns

School Photos: Another Tool for Genealogy Research, History Major
Historical societies are a vital component to preserving local history. These organizations collect and preserve items that connect the past to the present. Their archives may include equipment related to town industry, paintings from local artists, and regional textiles of historical... Read More →
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Sam Miller

One Is Enough, History Major
One often enters into an internship with high expectations: to gain extensive knowledge of their field of study in multiple areas. This goes doubly for those whose internships were only described in vague terms; becoming an “assistant” or “helper” can mean any number of things... Read More →
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Dani Planer

Learning to Listen: an Exploration of the Independent Publishing World, Critical Social Thought Major
Through LYNK, I had the opportunity to work as a general editor with the online literary magazine and podcast Voicemail Poems, which seeks to highlight the raw and authentic voices of new and established writers of all genres. Poets submit to the magazine by reading their original... Read More →
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Longying Xie

Exploring the Art World, Art History and Economics Major
This summer, my internship in the Samuel Freeman gallery really made an impact on me. The impact is substantial because I witnessed and experienced the dynamic operation of the contemporary commercial art gallery in terms of sale, exhibition installation and artist studio visitation... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Kendade 303

4:45pm EDT

American Norms in a Global Context
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 EDT
Cleveland L3

4:45pm EDT

Connecting the Dots: Working with Data and Identifying Trends around the World
In our digital age, we have become accustomed to having huge amounts of information right at our fingertips. But how do we find meaning in numbers? The value of data emerges from how it can be used to tell a story, inform decisions, and ultimately shape the future. The members of this panel deployed data in unique and overlapping ways to answer important questions: how to track and incentivize improvements in city sustainability, how to understand consumer behavior, how to optimize webpages, and how to analyze macroeconomic and demographic trends to interpret consumer rationale.
Working with tech startups, nonprofit organizations, and multinational companies around the world—in India, Vietnam, Chile and the U.S.—we applied our analysis skills across a variety of contexts. This panel will explore diverse applications of data analysis and reflect on how numbers can be transformed into impact.


Sarah Adelman

Associate Professor of Economics

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Karen Alcantar

Why User Experience Matters, Sociology Major
This summer I worked as a digital marketing intern for a tech-startup called TUTEN, in Santiago, Chile. This data driven position not only refined my analytical skills, but it allowed me to see the meaningful impact data has on a company, no matter the size of the company. I focused... Read More →
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Advika Mukherjee

Marketing at a Multinational Corporation, Economics and International Relations Major
This past summer, Advika worked at Tetra Pak India, a multinational organization that provides sustainable packaging and processing solutions to clients across the globe, as a marketing intern. During her time there, she assisted with their three-year business development planning... Read More →
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Sabine Rogers

Step-by-Step Sustainability: Combining Data-Driven Work and a Passion for the Environment, Environmental Studies and French Major
What does it mean to be a sustainable city? How do you measure the social, economic, and environmental vitality of a city and determine how well it is doing over time and compared to other cities? This summer I interned with the U.S. Green Building Council and worked on solutions... Read More →
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Lan Truong

Economics and Italian Major

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Clapp 206

4:45pm EDT

Diversity within Veterinary Medicine
The veterinary field can be divided into infinite subgroups depending on specialties and unique applications. A Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine can open up a variety of pathways for any new veterinary school graduate. Though connected by a common passion, these specialties come with their own set of challenges and rewards. In this panel, four pre-vet students who worked across the U.S. and around the globe speak about how they found their experiences to be varied across disciplines. From South African wildlife to small animal house calls, from working with canines to local clinics, they explored diversity within the veterinary field. Despite all of these dissimilarities, these individuals also discovered countless parallels within their summer work. The majority of these resemblances stem from a combined interest in medicine and a love for animals.

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Diana Choi

A Call for Animal Lovers: Internship at House Call Veterinary Services, Biology Major
Interested in learning about an alternative veterinary career path? House call veterinary services is a mobile veterinary practice treating exclusively cats and dogs, providing quality medical care for your pet in a home environment, from minor allergy problems to chronic diseases... Read More →
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Stella Elwood

Dog Wrangler Extraordinaire: My Summer as a Veterinary Intern, Biology Major
I spent the summer interning at Randolph Animal Hospital, a small animal clinic close to my hometown. During the internship, I trained to take on the duties of a veterinary technician, meaning that I spent much of my time taking patient histories, assisting with appointments, restraining... Read More →
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From South Hadley to South Africa: Connecting Veterinary Experiences at Home and Abroad, Biology Major
This past summer I traveled to the Eastern Cape, South Africa, where I worked as a veterinary intern. While there, I learned from and assisted veterinarians in a variety of environments, including wildlife game reserves, industrial and small-scale farms, and in small and large animal... Read More →
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Grace Wheeler

Specialized Care for Working Canines, Biology Major
Grace is studying to become a veterinarian specifically for working canines, because she believes working dogs’ indispensable daily performance requires specialized medical care. In order to learn more about this specific interest, Grace did her summer internship with The Seeing... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Cleveland L1

4:45pm EDT

Exhibiting the Visibility of Museums and Galleries: From England to New England
From exhibition design to archiving, evaluation and promotion through social media, the work of our panelists represents the varied facets that make up a functioning art museum/gallery. Each panelist had focus areas within four different sectors of art history, but the multiplicity of our jobs worked towards a common goal of preserving and promoting art within a museum and gallery space. Although our individual interests vary from art history and film to Russian studies and psychology, our panel is unified through our internships. We found that our most beneficial experiences occurred when we applied our academic interests to the field. Each of our internship experiences utilized our separate interests and expanded them within a career-based environment. These internships include Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and The Lyndsey Ingram Gallery in London.

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Ajay Sinha

Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College

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Emily Blomquist

Nesting into Russian History: the Connection between History and Art in Museum Donations, Russian and Eurasian Studies Major
I spent my summer interning at the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This presentation will explore the connection between art and history that is inherent in all curatorial museum work, and specifically, in the donation of over 700 nesting dolls, lacquer boxes... Read More →
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Kaitlin Boheim

Your Mind on Art: Applying Psychology in a Museum Context, Psychology Major
This summer I dedicated my internship search to exploring the various ways in which my major, psychology, can be applied in the non-academic world. I ended up working in the evaluation department of the Peabody Essex Museum, an American maritime and Chinese export art museum in Salem... Read More →
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Olivia Melton

Small Museum Big Artist: My Summer in the Archives, Art History Major
During the summer of 2017 I interned at the Cape Ann Museum, a local art and maritime museum on Boston’s north shore. I worked primarily in their library and archives. One of the projects for which I was responsible was cataloging the Virginia Lee Burton collection. Burton was a... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Clapp 218

4:45pm EDT

Flexibility in Design and Culture
In today’s world, it has become increasingly imperative to incorporate design with culture in order to create a more global perspective. Working with two or more cultural backgrounds can pose some challenges. A good example is how technology is introduced as a replacement for hand-crafted material. As international designers, it is vital to know how to convert these objectives positively without intruding on cultural heritage. Challenges subconsciously push a designer to deconstruct the existing constraints from his or her own background in order to embrace current trends and existing cultural norms with flexibility. The ultimate goal, which is a work in progress, is to achieve results that both reflect compelling design and embrace the challenges faced in each culture’s context.


Michael Davis

Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College


(1) Stella Chepkwony

Michael Davis, Art History and Architectural Studies
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Casey Pan

To Be an International Designer in This Cultural Swirl, Architecture Major
As future international designers, how could we balance what we learned from school with what is needed in the office, and how do we navigate our work while people in the office are working in a different pattern than us? I have worked in four different design offices in four different... Read More →
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Olive Tran

Designing Internationally: Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned, Computer Science Major
Design can be affected a by a great variety of factors, cultural and social contexts included. As the Design Intern for VietAbroader 2017 Career Conference, Olive Tran's goal was to brainstorm and design compelling promotional materials to attract Vietnamese youth. Through her internship... Read More →
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Xin Zhong

Compromise and Resist, Architecture and Math Major
Designers’ approaches toward a certain task are unambivalently shaped by their cultures. Placing different cultures in a high-density working environment predictably causes friction: a classic exemplar of such a conflict is a designer from a technology-dependent background experiencing... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Carr 102

4:45pm EDT

Fostering a Sense of Place Through Literary Work
This panel will explore the multiple layers of the literary world, highlighting the importance of creating place through social engagement and individual reflection.Two panelists interacted directly with the community by promoting accessibility to previously-published works as well as fostering a love of literature. The other panelists worked within the pre-publication process, from drafting to assisting agents in preparing client manuscripts for publication. Molly found her place in nonprofit development work and gained experience in fundraising and grant research in New York City. Katie promoted dialogue across communities in her hometown through a reading campaign which encouraged residents to read the same book in tandem. Trisha gained a sense of confidence regarding her future plans as she learned about the publication process from start to finish. Carlin found the value in writing on location, as well as using research and interviews to communicate her work’s setting.


Amy Rodgers

Assistant Professor of English, Mount Holyoke College
I love to talk about ideas of all kinds. I am a first-generation student and come from a working-class background.

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Katie Carlson

Seven Months to Launch: One Senior’s Career and Community Epiphany, English Major
What happens when a red Pegasus takes on an internship at her hometown library? She gets a chance to be a changemaker in a way that’s close to home in more ways than one. For Katie, an unexpected summer internship turned into a passion project and eventually crystallized in her... Read More →
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Trisha Kelly

Agent, Editor, Author: Planning for a Future in Publishing, Five College Film Studies Major
Ever wonder what happens to a book before it lands on an editor’s desk? Trisha spent her summer immersed in the New York City publishing scene through her work at InkWell Management, a literary agency with a client base ranging from Anthony Bourdain to Markus Zusak. This presentation... Read More →
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Molly Libbey

Increasing Accessibility and Incentivizing Engagement: Community-Building in a City of Nine Million, History Major
Molly Libbey spent her summer interning at House of SpeakEasy, an organization dedicated to increasing accessibility to literary works and fostering students’ love of literature. Working in the field of development, Molly gained valuable skills including grant research and writing... Read More →
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Carlin Ring

Farm Wisdom: How Going Back Helped Move a Novel Forward, English and Religion Major
Sometimes life doesn’t lead to an internship. Carlin spent her summer working on the first draft and a revision of a novel in verse. Using habits and skills learned from poetry courses and a course on children’s literature at Mount Holyoke, Carlin wrote narrative poetry, telling... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Kendade 305

4:45pm EDT

From Bench to Bedside: What They Don't Teach You in Pre-Health Classes
There are countless subspecialties within the field of healthcare, and the five members of our panel each represent a different clinical focus. From research to direct patient care, our panel seeks to introduce viewers to the broad array of opportunities available in the healthcare industry. As we engaged with various facets in the field of medicine this summer, our experiences fostered our growth as undergraduates in ways classroom experiences alone could not. Through our internships, we learned the value of empowered compassion, retaining composure, openness to innovation, and adaptability. Our diverse experiences have reaffirmed the career paths that we hope to pursue after our time at Mount Holyoke.


Jared Schwartzer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

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Didjana Celkupa

Clinical Research in Cardiology: It's More than Just a Wet Lab, Neuroscience Major
Clinical research is one of the areas of medicine where many innovations in healthcare for patients takes place. These clinical trials and research have many components and aspects in order for them to work properly. As a clinical research assistant at the Massachusetts General Hospital... Read More →
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Mollie Kowalchik

A Beacon of my Future: Life as a Physical Therapist, Special Major
I spent my summer as a physical therapy intern at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. I worked specifically with one team of therapists, consisting of two physical therapists and two physical therapy assistants. My responsibilities included setting up equipment... Read More →
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Riley Maddox

Blazing New Trails: A Novel Approach to Eldercare, Psychology Major
Panelist Riley Maddox spent his summer as a research assistant for Baystate Medical Center's Acute Care for Elders program. As Baystate has one of the top 40 geriatric care programs in the United States, Riley spent his summer coming to understand what the program does differently... Read More →
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Aniqa Rahman

The Examined Life: Modeling Continuities in Care from Pediatric to Geriatric Health, Biology and Religion Major
In a healthcare system that is as diverse as it is continuously diversifying, the need to understand our differences and the contexts in which the individual is formed and forming is more important than ever. From the conversation we have with a child on why he has been having trouble... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Reese 316

4:45pm EDT

Research and Development: Programming across Disciplines
Computer programming and data literacy are becoming increasingly important in a variety of fields. Our panel focuses on applications of computer programming across different disciplines. Members of our panel worked in areas such as software development, national security, applied mathematics, and statistics. We employed a collection of programming languages, big data analysis practices, and self-directed research decision-making in order to meet our ultimate goals. Even though our work experiences spanned academic institutions, government agencies, and the financial industry as well as the country, fast-paced work environments unified our experiences as first time researchers and developers.

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Tim Chumley

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Elyssa Kiva

The Data Behind Biosurveillance, Statistics Major
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is one of 17 US Department of Energy National Laboratories. Through their National Security Internship Program, I was placed in the data science and analytics group where I worked with a team of staff and other interns to develop and improve an... Read More →
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Raeesa Mehjabeen

Software Engineering in the Finance Industry, Computer Science Major
My summer at Nationwide, an insurance and finance company, gave me important duties and responsibilities where I directly coded results that would affect thousands of their customers, such as designing their applications and doing data analysis for project upgrades. As an application... Read More →

Allison Pan

Undergraduate Research in Math: What Should You Expect, Math Major
This summer, I participated in an undergraduate research program (REU) for mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University. I worked on an independent applied mathematics project with my advisor on examining the impact of three-point differentials on winning a game in the NBA. The application... Read More →
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Young Yang

Summer 2017: Data, Research and Programming, Economics and Statistics Major
Over the summer, I did statistics on-campus research with Professor Tim Chumley in a group of two for eight weeks. Our research topic was a more in-depth study of the Stochastic Processes, which incorporated Brownian Motion, Ito’s Lemma and Differential Equations, etc. This summer... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Kendade 203

4:45pm EDT

The Power of a Young Mind

This panel will delve into the power of young minds. Having all worked with children in some capacity over the summer, we want to highlight the abilities of children to learn, teach, and grow at various points in their childhood, from infancy to elementary age. We will explore this from the perspectives of infant cognition research, preschool classroom work, child memory research, all in the northeast United States, and ​teaching language and dance in Nicaragua. What are we born with that allows us to interact with our world? How will young children go about selecting which pieces make a machine run? How do preschool children challenge the preconceptions they have about the social world? What cultural factors influence a child’s education level or how they learn? By watching the children challenge themselves and expand their knowledge, we learned from them and caught a glimpse of the future ahead.

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Thinking Critically with Preschool Children, Psychology Major
Over the course of this summer I worked in the preschool classroom at Gorse Children’s Center, a private research-based school. I taught alongside two other preschool teachers who worked together to create a stimulating and individualized classroom curriculum for children three... Read More →
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Maria Flanders

Child Scientists Wanted: Lessons from Infant Cognition Research, Psychology Major
Most people’s first thoughts when seeing a baby do not include how that infant is processing information. For some, though, those inner processes are key to understanding ourselves as humans of any age. Infant cognition research gives insight into what skills and proclivities we... Read More →

Riva Lam

Find All The Ones That Make the Machine Go!
This past summer I worked at The Causality and Mind Lab in Providence, RI. There I was mainly tasked with running the Blicket Fish Two experiment, where a "blicket detector" is used to present novel causal relations to children, and looking at how they engage in explicit belief revision... Read More →
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The Beauty in the Challenge of Education in Nicaragua, Psychology Major
Podcasts for Peace is a social justice community center that helps children in the community of Managua, Nicaragua grow. Their goal is to offer a safe space for children to become leaders and enrich their lives through creative expression, academic and life skills, along with health... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Reese 304

4:45pm EDT

The Power of Storytelling: Writing as Social Change
Storytelling is a powerful tool for social change. The ability to tell the story of an individual or group is to acknowledge their human experience. Through our respective internships at magazines, newspapers, and nonprofit organizations, we used creative blogs, anthologies of student writing, strategic impact narratives, and news articles to promote interfaith political organizing, arts education, training for new social impact leaders, and community connections. The ultimate goal of our storytelling was to mobilize social action so that we can reduce the inequalities and injustices that occur in our world. We worked all across the country in four organizations with very different missions, but we all learned to use the writing and story-crafting skills we have gained at Mount Holyoke to impact the world around us.


Elizabeth Young

Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English

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Wendy Chen

Stories of Youth Leadership: Writing for Global Development and Social Justice, Five College Film and Sociology Major
I was the Director of Storytelling's intern at the Millennium Campus Network (MCN), a nonprofit organization in Boston, MA, this summer. MCN is dedicated to training a new generation of ethical, effective, and engaged social impact leaders in the global development sector. As an intern... Read More →
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Sheila McIntosh

Amplifying Young Voices: Working in Nonprofit Publications, English Major
I spent this summer as a Publications Intern at 826CHI, a chapter of a national nonprofit that provides free creative writing programs to students. My role was to transform manuscripts of student writing, from sci-fi plays to political poems, into professionally-published books. I... Read More →
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Sarah Olsen

The Power of Storytelling: Journalism, English and Religion Major
I spent this summer as a newspaper intern at The La Grande Observer in La Grande, Oregon. At the newspaper I worked with journalists and photographers to report on news in Wallowa and Union county. I managed the newspaper’s web site and social media, attended local events and interviewed... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Clapp 306

4:45pm EDT

The Ripple Effect: Impacting Policy Locally, Nationally, and Internationally
Local, national and county-level policy change can trigger incremental change, rippling from states to countries to the world. Likewise, our internships were situated at different levels of policy, but we all managed to contribute something to our fields, whether focusing on firearms, immigration, labor, or environmental conservation. Our individual presentations will discuss how we engaged with researching current public policies that affect the lives of people at local, state, domestic, and international levels. We will discuss our shared experience in data collection and statistical work while also speaking as to what legal research looks like from different vantage points, tying them together in a shared method and purpose. Although differing in fields and subject matter, our panel is a testament to how internships focused at the local level are equally as vital as research conducted internationally.

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Nadia Babar

Young, Scrappy, and Hungry: Fast-Track to Becoming a Lawyer, Philosophy and Politics Major
This summer, I worked as a law clerk for the Gove Law Office in Northampton, Massachusetts. As an aspiring attorney, I was ecstatic to be able to experience the legal world as a rising junior. Furthermore, I wasn’t just tasked with menial errands like grabbing coffee and making... Read More →
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Sofia Raiffa

Testing the Waters of Human Rights and Non-Profit Work, Politics & Sociology Major
This past summer I was able to explore the possibilities of a career in nonprofit work, which gave a more nuanced and informed view of the field. Working at the global-reaching and locally-based non-profit Verite was both rewarding and enlightening as I was able to hone and polish... Read More →
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Alice Simmons

Mapping a Career in Local Government, Environmental Studies Major
This summer I interned with the Town of South Hadley’s Conservation Commission, under the supervision of the town planner and the conservation administrator. I was initially hired to create maps of the trails in the town’s conservation areas, but I found myself involved in much... Read More →
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Real Impacts of Theoretical Statutes: Econometric Analysis of the Law, Economics Major
Over the summer, I worked at Stanford Law School, researching for a professor who was interested in looking at the impacts of various firearm policies on crime rates in the country. My work consisted of many different tasks. I wrote literature reviews, compiling and consolidating... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Kendade 107

4:45pm EDT

Women in Tech - Individuality through Teamwork
The four of us worked on different subfields of the tech industry, such as game development, cloud computing, web development, and android development. However, we all had similar experience with working in a relatively small teams to develop our projects. We grew as professionals and as individuals during this past summer. In addition to developing our people skills, we also displayed our strong personalities and strived to be valuable members of our teams. One of the most crucial lessons we learned was that no matter how hard a problems seems, with self-determination and collaboration, it can be solved. We built our networks and now we not only have former colleagues but also friends with whom we may work again in the future.


Lisa Ballesteros

Associate Professor of Computer Science

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Veneta Cholakova

A Woman in Game Development, Computer Science and Mathematics Major
In the summer of 2017 I was part of the Summer Innovation Program of MassDiGI in Worcester, MA. The program brought 28 students together to work on five mobile games. I was on a team of seven people and learned a lot about mobile game development. We created a 2D game called “Raise... Read More →
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Hiwete Fetene

Mapping Your Way around the Code, and the Company, Computer Science Major
This summer, I spent three months working with a team of developers in Verizon Innovation Labs in Waltham, MA. I was given a sole project to build a library for a web portal that would be used to authenticate its users in a language I had not seen before and was required to give daily... Read More →
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Kayla Nguyen

Optimizing Virtual Machines - from Data to Action, Computer Science Major
This summer, I returned as a software engineering intern at Google. My team was Google App Engine Flexible Environment (GAE Flex), a platform under Google Cloud, hosting web and mobile applications. As an intern, I built a benchmark suite that evaluates performance-tuning parameters... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Cleveland L2

4:45pm EDT

Youth Empowerment and Engagement within the Nonprofit Sector
As a group of activists, our themes diverged but centered around youth engagement and utilizing the spaces in non-profit organizations to empower young people to advocate for their educational opportunities. All of us worked with marginalized youth who were of low-to-middle-income status, of mixed racial and ethnic backgrounds, and whose ages ranged from infancy to their early twenties. Motivated by social justice, we all searched for optimal personal and social impact in communities. Key Estime worked at Railroad Street Youth Project in Massachusetts, developing, coordinating, and facilitating alternative educational curriculums within a program. Selena Wong taught at the Berkeley Academic School for Youth, developing novel ways to provide an interpretive framework for young people to value entrepreneurship and understand what it means to create a start-up. Angela Hamati, who interned at The Children's Museum in Jordan, worked on developing marketing and communication strategies to increase youth presence at the museum. Finally, Epyana Smith interned at the Arts of East New York, participating in organizing that was committed to presenting, promoting and preserving multicultural arts as a way to address socioeconomic issues that hinder the growth and development of the East New York community. Everyone worked to expose the impact of poverty, sexism and racism using education in financial literacy as a method of attaining self-awareness and power within the community. We empowered youth through existing non-profit structures so that engaging with citizens' voices and stories is priority, the profits secondary.


Joshua Roth

Prof. of Anthropology and Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College
Joshua H. Roth grew up in New York City, the son of two painters. He is the author of Brokered Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan(Cornell University Press in 2002), winner of the 2004 Book Award in Social Science from the Association for Asian American Studies. More recently... Read More →

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Key Estime

The RYSE Program, Undecided
Key Estime is a first-generation, low-income student who has been involved in a local non-profit youth empowerment organization for seven years. As a high school graduate, Key could not afford private college. However, with the support of a mentor, they chose a community college to... Read More →
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Angela Hamati

Cultivating Curiosity for Education., Economics and Nexus in Non-Profits Major
The increase in immigration rates and refugee populations led to my enthusiasm towards getting involved in non-governmental organizations and specifically focusing on advocating for the well-being and education for all ages. During summer, I interned at The Children’s Museum Jordan... Read More →
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Epyana Smith

Psychology and Africana Studies Major
For the summer of 2017, Epyana Smith worked on the development team at a nonprofit organization named “Arts East New York” (AENY). AENY is based in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. AENY looks to support East New York through the arts; its mission is rooted in the... Read More →
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Selena Wong

Encouraging Innovation in Youth, Economics Major
This summer, I served as a teacher’s assistant for the Berkeley Business Academy for Youth. In teams, my students were able to develop business plans for independent start-ups with capital for a product of their own innovation. For many students, this was the first opportunity they... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
Clapp 407