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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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Hiwete Fetene

Computer Science Major
Mapping Your Way around the Code, and the Company
This summer, I spent three months working with a team of developers in Verizon Innovation Labs in Waltham, MA. I was given a sole project to build a library for a web portal that would be used to authenticate its users in a language I had not seen before and was required to give daily progress reports. Having never done a solely technical internship, it was both a challenging and exciting process as I tried to map my way around on both the codebase of the web portal as well as the company culture as I learned from my other team members. Join my panel to hear about how I learned to work in an ever-changing environment and managed to utilize the expertise of those working around me to finalize a project that had initially felt like it would be unachievable in a short amount of time.