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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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Sarjana Jaiswal

Economics and Nexus in Global Business Major
Trial and Error: Finding Your Calling Through Fearless Exploration
This summer started out a little bumpy, as I struggled with an internship and organization that I was excited about but was not learning enough in. The chasm between my vision for the summer and the reality was growing wider when I stumbled upon an opportunity at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in New Delhi. I went on to work with a team that was researching the existing scenario of solid waste management in India under a broader theme of ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Urbanization’. I performed quantitative and qualitative data analysis and drew comparisons between some major cities of India. I contributed to determining practical ways to upgrade the system and gained insight on various issues faced by a developing economy. My presentation will expand on how my two internships taught me to navigate tricky situations, take initiative, and explore without hesitation.