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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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Qianzhen Fu

Art History Major
Navigating between External and Internal Communications
This summer I worked at Gap Inc. Greater China as a communication & localization department intern. For an American retail industry launched in China, the role of communication is critical in driving business performance through localizing fashion taste, engaging employees and promoting company reputation in external forums. I was involved in a wide variety of projects and communications activities from supporting employee events and preparing for media interviews to building brand presence on social media. Throughout my internship, I was able to apply the set of skills I gained from college experience to craft dynamic messaging. It was also an opportunity for me to cultivate teamwork skills, learn to stay organized while multi-tasking, and develop strategies for identifying the needs of a target audience. With this panel, I wish to share my experience and skills I gained that can be carried to any academic or professional field.