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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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English Major
Equestrian Living Magazine: from Intern to Contributing Writer
Equestrian Living Magazine, an internationally-published equestrian lifestyle magazine, allowed me the opportunity to combine two of my passions – horses and writing. As an intern, I performed various tasks including transcribing interviews, researching horse show venues, and reaching out to different companies and PR representatives from all over the world. Additionally, one of my key responsibilities was to pitch new story ideas to my colleagues. Equestrian Living features stories related to equestrian art, fashion, travel, people, real estate, science/health, competitions, and charity work, so there were plenty of options to choose from to find new ideas. Several of the concepts I pitched were accepted by my editors, and I was given the opportunity to write my own articles for publication. By the end of the summer, I became a contributing writer for the magazine in addition to my role as an intern.