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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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Violet Fortier

English Major
Leading the Way on the Path to Citizenship
Following the election of Donald Trump and the administration’s subsequent immigration restrictions, individuals seeking U.S. citizenship face increasing difficulty when navigating institutions such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Advocates are needed now more than ever in representing clients and guiding them through the complex processes of immigration. The Law Office of Rachel Einbund, PC is a small immigration law firm in New York City focused on serving LGBTQ clients from all corners of the globe. While there, I learned how to compile evidence, work with clients, write legal briefs, and file evidence with the immigration court. The office serves a critical role in helping clients navigate the systems of immigration law when applying for green cards or U.S. citizenship.