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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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Carmen Huang

Anthropology and East Asian Studies Major
Cultural Gems in a Magnetic Field
Carmen will share what special events and community outreach look like at cultural institutions such as that of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in NYC. How do the development sectors of museums accrue funding and/or fundraise? What are ways in which museums are attracting younger crowds? How can an ethnic museum garner a broader audience without imposing the culture on others? Through her main project of planning, assisting, and executing an Open Mic Mixer for MOCA, Carmen shows how the museum creates space and ultimately provides an unfiltered platform for Asian American voices, experiences and narratives. Overall, this experience has allowed Carmen to narrow her career interests through a 10-week internship program, improve her research skills through conducting research on prospective donors and funders, continue her interest in finance by determining budgets for member events, and increase her professional experience in the development department.