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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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Risha Dewan

Economics and Politics Major
Watching People Watch You: Working in the Digital Marketing Industry
Behavioral targeting, a technique used by advertisers online to increase the effectiveness of campaigns, has revolutionized the digital marketing industry. Algorithms take into account various dimensions about users and serve to provide personalized advertisements that drive performance. As a data client services intern at Fluent LLC this summer, I worked with account managers, data solutions executives, and clients to develop tools to power the national execution of Fluent products and advertisements at scale. Working at a small but growing company allowed me to take on more responsibilities, where I honed my skills in client relationship management, optimized campaigns and ensured the goals and objectives were met. In this presentation, I will share my observations of working at a small company, the challenges I faced in a fast-growing environment, and the importance of having realistic expectations as an intern.