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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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Radhika Kashyap

History & Geography Major
Garden In The Sky
This summer I interned at the New York City Parks and Recreation Department for the sustainable facilities division. I researched various emerging technologies that the organization wanted to pilot. I also assisted with grant writing justifications, which helped fund the New York Parks “1 Million Square Feet of Green Roof Project”. I worked on the most diverse green roof in the world, which was located on top of the facility. Additionally, I assisted in the installation of a green roof on another department facility, which was something I had never done before. I was able to attend interdepartmental meetings, where many different organizations in city government would come together to tackle issues of climate resiliency. This internship really helped me understand all the aspects that go into trying to combat climate change in a big city and has fueled my desire to go into urban planning.