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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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Xuefei Chen

Computer Science and Psychology Major
I Am Not Just Another Intern: Differentiating Myself at Morgan Stanley
Chen interned at Morgan Stanley as a summer technology analyst this year. She helped build a voice recognition and verification software to protect the accounts of the company’s tens of thousands of clients. In addition to the project, she also participated in career-building activities such as networking and mentorship. Thanks to her Mount Holyoke experience, she was able to display her potential to a variety of people during the internship. In the end, she learned that it was the organic combination of technical contributions and personal qualities that was valued in the firm and that made her stand out. She will discuss why it is important to have and how she built a personal brand in the context of Morgan Stanley’s culture.