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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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Iman Hussain

Spanish and Politics Major
Speaking Up for Yourself: The Importance of Having a Voice as an Intern
It is common to feel overwhelmed when starting as an intern, especially in a small company where there is nowhere to hide. This summer I worked in the marketing department at Perkins School for the Blind, a small non-profit school in Watertown, MA. I had to figure out when it was appropriate to speak up, take on responsibility and be an advocate for myself in a sometimes overwhelming work environment. By gaining confidence in my own skillset and also the confidence to ask for help, I found a balance in the projects I was given and opened myself up to opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten had I stayed silent. Just because you are an intern doesn’t mean you aren’t an asset: have faith in yourself and never be afraid to ask for help; after all, we’re all just there to learn.