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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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Kate Hall

Experiencing Positive Culture Shock while Working Abroad
Psychology Major
I interned this past summer at Cint UK, a data technology and software company in London. Here I worked as a sales analyst, looking over various reports and information in order to help the company get a better handle on their clients. I also designed my own presentations and research portfolios with the information I used, something that I really enjoyed and that allowed me to apply my own personality and spin. This work was very detail-oriented, with a lot of small tasks, and sometimes I felt like I was doing my work at a glacier-like pace. However, I was always very happy with the final result and received lots of positive feedback from my coworkers. Overall, it was a great experience, and I now have a better understanding of what I would like to do after graduation.