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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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CiCi Chen

Computer Science Major
Belielf in Yourself Is Always the Key: How Do You Find Yourself Valuable in a Forbes-500 Company?

Why does financial industry need people with a computer science background? I got this question from people surrounding me all the time, ever since I decided to intern at Bank of America for the past summer. Throughout my experience with the bank, I understood the relationship between the technology department and customers; I built a professional relationship with my coworkers; and, the most important part, I fit myself into a company with more than 200,000 employees. During my panel, I will not only talk about the technical skills I learned but focus more on what I took away from my experience with the bank in order to build my further life goals.