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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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Allegra Dufresne

Critical Social Thought Major
Whose Job is it Anyway?: Making the Best Out of Unexpected Situations
When I stepped into the office of Tikkun, a Berkeley-based radical interfaith magazine, I was greeted with “Welcome! Your supervisor is away all summer and we don’t know what to you with you!”. This presentation will be about how I faced the challenge of training somebody to take over my supervisor’s job when she became unable to continue working. Teaching myself how to be a liaison between the magazine’s subscribers and the magazine’s editors with little-to-no direct supervision was a challenging but rewarding experience. My internship at Tikkun provided me with confidence in my own ability to improvise solutions to unpredictable challenges, and the magazine’s staff helped me learn how to create strong support networks in unexpected situations.