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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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Alexandra Brennan

Ancient Studies and Religion Major
The Future of the Past
How do museums balance the need for preservation and innovation? How can museums educate new visitors and get those visitors to come back more than once? How can historic sites function as both a community event space and a museum? This summer, I had the opportunity to work as an intern with the Salisbury House Foundation, a small nonprofit historic house museum that faces these challenges of balancing the past and future every day. The Salisbury House in Des Moines, Iowa was built as a mansion in the 1920s and has been a museum since the early 1990s. I worked behind the scenes with grants and development as well as in the museum with the curator. Through these two different focuses, I learned specific skills associated with museums and nonprofits, as well as how important a well-functioning team is in a small workplace.