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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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Romila Hussaini

Middle Eastern Studies Major
Securing Peace: Advocacy, Education, and Community Building
Before the disintegration of relations between the United States and Iran in 1979, the two countries enjoyed diplomatic relations for more than a century. After decades of estrangement, negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear program brought the two countries to the same table, initiating a potential channel of communication and diplomacy. The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) helped secure the historic U.S.-Iran deal and is continuing efforts to sustain the landmark agreement to prevent war and nuclear proliferation. Romila Hussaini spent her summer in Washington D.C. interning with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). As both a development and foreign policy intern at NIAC, she gained experience in fundraising, philanthropy, international affairs, Iranian-American issues, and the day-to-day operations of a non-profit organization. This experience made Romila passionate about U.S.-Iran relations, which sparked her interest in pursuing a career in diplomacy. She is eager to share this passion with you through this presentation.