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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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Costume Conservation at the Smithsonian
History Major
At a museum with over three million objects in its collections, how do you decide what types of preservation services each object needs? As a costume conservation intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, I was able to spend my summer experiencing the work of a textile conservator first hand. Along with learning about the planning of a course of treatment for an object, I was able to experience hands-on work preserving several objects and putting others up for exhibition, The wide range of objects held and displayed at the museum demonstrate the wide variety of supports, forms, and repairs that can be done to protect a textile and make it exhibition-worthy. It also reveals the individualized process of conservation-- every object needs a specific diagnosis and treatment plan to ensure that the conservation services will allow the object to be used and studied for years to come.