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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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Sara Harda

Computer Science & Anthropology Major
Where Does Synergy Lie in the Product Development Process?
In the contemporary mythology of business, tech-entrepreneurship is usually synonymous with genius and self-reliance. Start-up moguls are stereotypically portrayed as solitary heroes who built their first product at the back of a garage or in a college dorm. However, the moment one goes beyond the myth, one discovers that launching a technology venture generally involves several stakeholders and follows more intricate trajectories. During my internship at Arabella, a software and product development company based in New York, I had the opportunity to experience first-hand the many moving parts behind the process of building and delivering products in an agile environment. I worked closely with the engineering, design and management teams on both internal and client-facing projects through various stages: MVP planning, sprint iteration, acceptance testing, etc. By mid-August, I realized I had achieved the holy grail of my internship: learning the ins and outs of the software development lifecycle.