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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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Katie Gyenge

Psychology Major
Mixing Mount Holyoke Moxy with Princeton Psych: My Summer Experience as a Princeton University Research Assistant
I spent my summer as a Lynk UAF recipient as a research assistant for Dr. Joel Cooper of Princeton University. I worked closely with Dr. Cooper’s graduate student, Lauren Feldman, as we sought to expand his research on cognitive dissonance. I wrote a literature review based on six journal articles which tied into the coding of a four-part dataset composed of 617 mini essays about political framing. After this, Dr.Cooper assigned me to be head researcher for a study that measured cognitive dissonance within middle-aged adults. Within one month I recruited 50 participants total and collected significant data. My skills as a senior psychology major were challenged and greatly improved. I urge students, and other members of the MHC community, to attend my panel in hopes that my summer internship story will provide insight and inspiration into how you can find an internship that challenges, influences, and supports you.