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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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Rhema Ewurama Andah

International Relations Major
The Space Where the Ghanaian Courts Meets Development
Ghana’s economy is expanding rapidly. There has been an influx of international organizations and corporations into the country. For some, doing business in Ghana has been a wonderful experience; however, for others, it has been a tiring and dreadful experience. As a result of this, the question is often asked: how business-friendly is Ghana? As a research intern at a Ghanaian policy think-tank called Imani Center for Policy & Education, I was tasked with investigating the speed of adjudication of commercial court cases and the effect of the Ghana business-enabling environment. The goal of my research was to essentially determine how business-friendly Ghana is through the speed with which commercial cases are closed by the commercial courts. This would then inform an index that included other markers in determining how business-friendly Ghana really is. This experience gave me the opportunity to experience development on both a global and local scale and discover the wonderful space where development meets the commercial courts in Ghana.