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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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Virginia Guerra

International Relations Major
Lost in Translation: Navigating through Cultural Norms
This summer, I interned at Università Ca 'Foscari in Venice, Italy in the International Relations Unit. During my internship, I evaluated international universities that were interested in entering exchange partnerships with the university. Once these partnerships were established, I then translated the exchange agreement contracts from Italian to English. Since this was a new working environment for me, I ensured that I used the voice and work ethic that I developed at Mount Holyoke to be able to carry out more independent projects. As a result, I wrote and published an online profile for Università Ca 'Foscari through my negotiations and efforts with the online company Educations.com. Throughout this internship, I learned the value of communication amongst peers, the advantage of collaboration, and how to navigate a new work environment and new country overall.