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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.
avatar for Miralva  Gusmao

Miralva Gusmao

Psychology Major
Carrying Across
My internship consisted of editing previously-translated texts from Vietnamese to English. These texts ranged from articles about ancient citadels and old craftsmanship to current, political or travel articles. Each file represented a slice of Vietnamese history and culture and gave me a new glimpse into the life of this country and its people. Derived from the Latin word 'translat', translation means to "carry across", and make accessible the information until then out of reach. In a world that shrinks each day, communication is the basis of peaceful and comprehensive progress. Translations make dialogue possible, and it is through dialogue that we see those who live beyond our physical and cultural flagged borders. Translations serve to close the gap of misunderstanding and awaken our curiosity so that we can better honor our differences and work for our common good.