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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.
avatar for Kim  Foreiter

Kim Foreiter

Psychology and Education Major
Discovering My Inner Resiliant Italiana
Summer 2017 for Kimberly meant regaining a connection to the land her Argentinean refugee grandparents fled fascism from during World War II. Kimberly worked as a staff member for CISabroad's site in Firenze, Italia. Her work entailed: organizing and executing logistical tasks for her organization, such as managing a large email list of students, doing airport pickups, planning events to immerse students in local Florentine culture, developing her Italian by working with her supervisors in the language she minors in at Mount Holyoke, assisting in developing a "What it Means to be a Global Citizen" curriculum that will be taught at Florence University of the Arts in 2018, handling residential life matters for the company by moderating any disputes that arose between roommates, and adding to CISabroad's library of resources. Additionally, she initiated her very own project for the company by developing a blog documenting her personal adventures and how she budgeted for leisure and travel activities, with the hope that other students can draw from her experience and use her tips to travel on their own (the blog can be found at caffeconkim.tumblr.com).