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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.

Jenna Hill

Gender Studies Major
Callaloo for the Community: Food Justice, Civic Engagement, and Youth Education
This summer Jenna served as the Bike and School Garden Leader for Groundwork Somerville’s environmental and urban agriculture youth jobs program “the Green Team” for high school youth in Somerville, MA. She was responsible for leading the youth crews in agricultural and environmental justice work on a community urban farm and at public school gardens around the city. She also wrote lesson plans and facilitated workshops focused on food access, environmental justice, sustainable community development, and environmental racism. Through this summer experience Jenna gained a deeper understanding of the inner workings of small community nonprofits, and her work has prompted her to reflect on her personal positionality as a youth worker serving under-resourced communities. Her internship has inspired her to continue with food justice and experiential education work after graduation.