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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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Jessica Feng

Computer Science & Math Major
Conquering the Unknown: I Am Ready for More!
What is it like to intern at one of the world’s largest banks as a computer science student who knew nothing about finance? This summer, I worked as a Technology Analyst at Bank of America in the greater New York City area. This opportunity provided me with experience in utilizing academic knowledge and applying it to practical work. Not only did I gain insight about how a large financial institution operates, I also developed networking skills that helped me communicate effectively with my co-workers. The ten-week internship exposed me to more disciplines and broadened my view for future career options.