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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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Amalia Correia

Striving for a More Equitable, Quality Early Education and Care System in MA
This summer I interned with an advocacy nonprofit organization, Massachusetts Fair Share, in Boston, MA. I had the opportunity to work on four different campaigns, but my main focus was the Early Education campaign. Our two main focuses within this campaign was the bill drop for universal preschool back in June and the FY 2018 final budget that would be sent to Governor Charlie Baker in July. My responsibilities included writing letters to the editor discussing the need to increase funding for Early Education programs, community outreach, and attending meetings with legislators of various districts. My biggest project of the summer was to create a scorecard/report that ranked the top thirty cities with the largest preschool age population by preschool enrollment and Massachusetts state testing scores. Within the report I also analyzed the relationships between preschool enrollment and certain academic outcomes. I was then able to distribute and present my findings to the legislators of those districts. I had a meaningful summer experience that exposed me to other avenues of achieving my goals within the education field.