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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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Niamh Gronningsater

Politics Major
From the Classroom to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's New York City Office: Fostering a Constituent Rapport
This summer, I had the privilege of working as a Constituent Affairs Intern at the New York City office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Born and raised in New York City, I focused on local politics and contributed ideas which reflected my values as a constituent, woman, and student, as they aligned with and supported Senator Gillibrand’s compelling mission. In my position, I worked on behalf of Senator Gillibrand and the Department of Constituent Affairs, as a liaison between New York State constituents and a wide-variety of federal agencies. I worked directly with the Deputy Director of Constituent Affairs to support the department in handling state-wide services on specific portfolio matters including: Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Insurance, 9/11, Natural Disaster and Flooding. Today, I will be discussing my day-to-day responsibilities as a Constituent Affairs Intern, underscoring the knowledge I gained as well as some of challenges I faced along the way. Ultimately, I will share how this experience has furthered my interest in public service and, in particular, my desire to effectively evoke change in policy.