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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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Lorena Cacho

International Relations Major
Shaping Your Future: Life within an International Organization
During the summer of 2017 Lorena had the opportunity to intern in Montevideo, Uruguay for the Latin American Integration Association. Being an international relations major whose aspirations are to someday become a lawyer and work with human rights in the UN, she thought that working for an international organization would be a good start. It was. From being asked to create gender policy, translate documents, conduct research, meet with the country's ambassadors and shadow the organization's lawyer, Lorena had a rewarding summer. Although being the niece of the Director General and the only woman intern on her floor did come off as a challenge initially, she managed to work past that and grow from the opportunity given. Today she will talk about how connections can be a challenge and an answer, the life inside an international organization and NGO, how being surrounded by all men ambassadors helped her become a more confident individual, and how interning inspired astounding professional growth.