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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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Kaitlin Boheim

Psychology Major
Your Mind on Art: Applying Psychology in a Museum Context
This summer I dedicated my internship search to exploring the various ways in which my major, psychology, can be applied in the non-academic world. I ended up working in the evaluation department of the Peabody Essex Museum, an American maritime and Chinese export art museum in Salem, MA. It turned out PEM is unusually interested in using psychology and neuroscience in exhibition design and evaluation. I conducted many different kinds of interviews, analyzed data to report and present, and worked with a neuroscientist to plan evaluation techniques for exhibitions. Other tasks I performed at the museum served to inform me about art history and how museums work. In my talk, I will discuss how I was able to apply psychology to evaluation in a museum context, how I connected my other classes to my internship, what PEM wanted to learn from me, and what I was able to learn from them.