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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.
avatar for Sara  Kamal

Sara Kamal

Economics and Statistics Major
The Human Rights Network in a Digital Age
Keeping in mind my desire to work with social and education policy post-graduation, I spent my summer interning with a non-profit in D.C. called "Good of All" (GOA). Good of All works to create awareness for human rights violations around the world, using digital media to reach its audience through a YouTube channel titled "The Human Rights Network". The Human Rights Network (HRN) is a global academic network promoting human rights education as enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR covers almost all human rights issues faced in the world. I focused on producing content relating to issues faced by women and children (mostly) in developing countries. Working for Good Of All made me realize that there are many ways through which I can help disadvantaged people. Using film as a medium of communication challenged me to think outside the box and successfully raise awareness about several lingering issues in our society.