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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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Wendy Chen

Five College Film and Sociology Major
Stories of Youth Leadership: Writing for Global Development and Social Justice
I was the Director of Storytelling's intern at the Millennium Campus Network (MCN), a nonprofit organization in Boston, MA, this summer. MCN is dedicated to training a new generation of ethical, effective, and engaged social impact leaders in the global development sector. As an intern, I interviewed young leaders who were MCN program alumni and wrote their stories to feature and share on MCN’s website. The stories’ topics ranged from working in public health to creating a nonprofit for LGBTQ asylum seekers. This internship gave me first-hand experience on how writing can document the incredible social impact work that young leaders are already doing and help break down silos through publication. My experience at MCN has given me more concrete skills and context for what I want to do with my professional career as a sociology and film studies major.