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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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Katie Carlson

English Major
Seven Months to Launch: One Senior’s Career and Community Epiphany
What happens when a red Pegasus takes on an internship at her hometown library? She gets a chance to be a changemaker in a way that’s close to home in more ways than one. For Katie, an unexpected summer internship turned into a passion project and eventually crystallized in her decision to pursue her Masters in Information and Library Science. Previously thinking that she had to settle for a job that ticked off only 60% of her required boxes, working as an intern for the Adult and Reference collections at the Cherry Hill Public Library afforded her opportunities to promote diversity, highlight library resources, and even create dynamic displays that included an Iron Throne replica and an Emily Dickinson shrine! This presentation will focus on how Katie found her place in the world of public librarianship, while helping to foster connections in her hometown community through group reading initiatives.