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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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Karen Alcantar

Sociology Major
Why User Experience Matters
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 on analyzing company data through Google Analytics in order to better improve user experience (UX). I designed a project and demonstrated my findings to my CEO, where such findings would lead to the optimization of our website. Throughout my summer experience, I faced many obstacles that were challenging but essential for the development of my future professional life.