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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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Stella Elwood

Biology Major
Dog Wrangler Extraordinaire: My Summer as a Veterinary Intern
I spent the summer interning at Randolph Animal Hospital, a small animal clinic close to my hometown. During the internship, I trained to take on the duties of a veterinary technician, meaning that I spent much of my time taking patient histories, assisting with appointments, restraining animals, aiding in surgery, giving vaccines, and performing routine procedures, such as nail trims. I also often developed my communication and customer service skills by answering the phones and managing the front desk. Additionally, I also worked as a kennel attendant for the hospital, which involved caring for boarding animals and town strays. Although such a fast-paced environment was often physically and emotionally draining, and came with a set of other challenges, I found my role to be incredibly fulfilling. As a result, I have enthusiastically decided to accept a position as a part-time staff member for this upcoming winter and summer breaks.