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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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Computer Science Major
A Leap from Classroom to Industry: a Summer as Mobile Feature Developer
I interned as a software engineer at Google. I worked as an Android feature developer for the Google Search app which has over one billion users. Prior to the internship, I only had one day of experience with Android mobile development at HackHolyoke. However, my partner and I quickly hopped on the project and successfully completed a publishable version of a mini-app from scratch. Both the scale of the code base and the layers of infrastructure were far beyond my classroom experience. However, the skills of communication and collaboration that I have learned at Mount Holyoke College enabled me to leap over the gap. As a software developer, I spent most of my time discussing strategies with co-workers, and talking to engineers and designers across countries. The collaborative and transparent culture in Google affirms my interest in tech.