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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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Caroline Clowers

English Major and Nexus in Journalism and Media
The Non-Profit Network: How Organizations Adapt to Meet Community Needs
This summer I had the opportunity to complete an internship in non-profit management through an organization called GreeNest. Their mission is to aid individuals and families in their transition from unsafe living conditions into sustainable housing. This was my third internship involving non-profit work in my hometown, and these experiences have given me insight into how organizations work collectively within the community. As government support programs shrink, the demand for non-profit services grow. Non-profit organizations adapt to meet these needs by creating a network where organizations rely upon and refer to other non-profits within this web of services. Looking ahead, these internships have inspired me to enter the world of politics and public policy to help create and strengthen the government support programs that these non-profits work to supplement.