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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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Nada Al-Thawr

Computer Science and International Relations Major
Impact Beyond Ourselves
As international students, it’s sometimes difficult to connect the work we do in the US to our homes. Coming from Yemen, I knew that I wanted to contribute to the peacemaking process back home somehow, all the way from D.C. this summer. Interning at PartnersGlobal was the way to do that. Through PartnersGlobal I got to actively participate in the peacemaking process, not only in Yemen but also in other war-torn countries in the MENA region. PartnersGlobal is an international peacebuilding organization that works through a global network to create partnerships with local change leaders to transform conflict, strengthen democratic institutions, and achieve sustainable development. Through my research intern role, I was able provide programmatic and logistical support for organizational capacity building and civil society-strengthening initiatives not only in Yemen but also in other countries in the region. This internship made me realize how important it is to cause impact through an approach that’s inclusive to all communities and countries that are struggling and yearning for peace, not just for specific countries, communities or people. I will be speaking about the work that PartnersGlobal does and how we, as students, can work in advocacy that impacts people beyond ourselves and surroundings.