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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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Sabrina Im

International Relations Major
English as Cultural Capital
Intercultural language learning can stop the monopolization of American and British cultural norms by encouraging the learner to bring their own culture into the classroom while learning English. Two summers ago, I had the opportunity to work for a private language institution, Home Intercultural Learning, in La Plata, Argentina as a teaching and research intern. I developed and taught English lessons to students of various age-groups/proficiencies and assisted with an intercultural communication ethnography project. In addition, I created relationships not only with my Argentine co-workers but also housemates and friends who helped me improve my Spanish language skills and step out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot about cross-cultural interactions and the immense power English holds in our world today. More importantly, I understood how it can be used as a way to reinforce Western values in non-English speaking states if we choose to ignore the language learners' cultural identities.