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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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Jennifer Kalbourji

Psychology and Education Major
A Collaborative Approach to School Administration: Incorporating Student Experiences in Educational Policy
This presentation will encompass my experiences interning with the executive director of a public charter high school in Rhode Island. Bringing my experiences as a student, mentor, and administrator, I collaborated with faculty to address detention policies, curriculum development, and access to higher education. Through my efforts to improve classroom experience and school culture, I developed a better understanding of the nuances of public education. I also gained invaluable insight into school administration and policy that will inform my future career in education.