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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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Melissa Curran

Environmental Advocacy in the National Parks
Environmental Studies Major
The National Parks Service was created to preserve some of our nation’s most unique landscapes, for the health of the environment, and for public recreation. My internship this summer was at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, and included fieldwork to preserve the area, as well as education to inspire visitors to become stewards of the environment. Prince William Forest Park is a place with a rich cultural and natural history, and I’m excited to share its stories with you. I will also share my experience working in a government agency, the skills and insight that I gained throughout my time there, and hopefully inspire you, the audience, to dig deeper into how nature and human activities interact.