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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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Amanda Gomez

Five College Film Studies and Spanish Major
Navigating the Freak Show
Since the ‘freak show’ rose to prominence in the late 16th century, cultures around the world have gathered to interpret the human oddities. Though entertaining, one aspect that has not changed are the ethics which surround these people. My goal this summer was to shed light on the individuals and introduce them to the world as entertainers through video and social media marketing. Unfortunately, my project did not transpire, and instead I served as an assistant to the art director and founder of Coney Island, Dick Zigun. Accordingly, I provided production support to all of the events associated with Coney Island USA and was given marginal hands-on work experience in the area of photography, image and video editing. My responsibilities included performing routine job functions and activities within the photographic and personal assistant service areas; working on day-to-day assignments in the area of printing, advertising and social media management; and interacting primarily with my supervisor.