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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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Emily M. Conley

Environmental Studies Major
Diversifying Community Programs in a Brooklyn Church with a Radical Viewpoint
I spent this summer as an Assistant Program Coordinator at the Park Church Co-op in Brooklyn, New York. My primary responsibility was to do research and set up contacts for larger projects the Co-op wanted to pursue. I focused on establishing the church as a part of the Sanctuary Church Movement, setting up a separate 501(c)(3) for arts-related programs, and promoting the in-house string quartet. I pursued this internship in order to get experience working at a small, community-focused non-profit organization. As the Park Church Co-op is an adventuresome though small organization, my responsibilities included managing my own projects. I had expected to work on the more food-justice based programs, such as the farmers' market and community-sourced agriculture project. I remain interested in working with non-profits that serve and support their communities, and I now understand better how to work in an ever-changing hands-on field.