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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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Claire Beckett

French and Politics Major
Challenges of an Ethical Life: Research in Global Labor Practices and Supply Chains
How does one begin to combat the wide-ranging labor rights abuses that occur worldwide? As our world economy becomes increasingly global, so too do the labor rights issues inextricably linked to it. Is it possible to work alongside multinational corporations in the fight against these abuses? This summer, I worked at a labor rights non-profit in Amherst, performing research designed to foster accountability in global investment as well as provide businesses with the tools to develop more transparent supply chains. This difficult work called upon both my academic Mount Holyoke experiences as well as the relational lessons I’ve learned from my peers, and culminated in serious reflection about the challenges of working in industries where improvements are hard-won.