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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.
avatar for Fatema Ali Asghar

Fatema Ali Asghar

International Relations Major
The Intersectionality of Foreign Languages and Education
Reese 304
This summer I interned at the International Language Institute of Massachusetts, a private, not-for-profit language school located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Its mission is to promote intercultural understanding by providing high-quality language instruction and teacher training. As an intern, my responsibility was to create unconventional activities and facilitate out-of-class socialization to help students practice their English, Arabic, and Urdu language skills. The multilingual environment was conducive to both foreign language learning and collaboration with young and old learners. Also, being given the opportunity to manage administrative projects, I revamped the organization’s customer relationship management software, Salesforce, to construct a methodical way to systemize its mentor-student-client information base. It gave me the confidence to pitch my ideas to principal advisors and develop complex organizational and logistical skills. Overall, the Language Institute gave me an unforgettable and invaluable insight into the workings of the practical and administrative aspects of language learning.