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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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History and Psychology and Education Major
Victim Witness Advocate for the DA of Suffolk County
This summer, I interned for the District Attorney of Suffolk County in the Dorchester District Court. I was assigned to intern with Victim and Witness Advocates (VWAs), whose job is to orient those affected by crimes to the criminal justice system. Thanks to this incredible internship I was able to meet victims of crime, interact with attorneys, and be part of court proceedings. This internship also introduced me to fellow undergraduate students interested in law and law school students who mentored us. I learned that there are multiple roles in the legal system that can help those in communities who cannot afford support on their own. This summer gave so much invaluable experience that will help me begin my career, and I am enthused to present on an internship I truly treasured.