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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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Kyley Butler

History Major
Creating Narratives: Learning to Communicate History Effectively
How do you condense pages of research into 200 words? What is the best way to engage an audience about material culture? How do I determine what information will be the most interesting to a broad range of people? These are the key questions I had to take into consideration as I wrote the labels for various objects of history. I spent the summer at Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections curating an exhibit on the history of athletics at the college. Each object, document, and case presented its own unique set of challenges. By meeting with individuals who used archives in various capacities, developing small weekly exhibits and creating social media posts about the collections, I developed a greater understanding of how to communicate research. Ultimately, these skills culminated in my contribution of two cases to the overall exhibition.