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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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Samantha Kell

Politics Major
Relearning the Past
This summer, I worked at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey, a branch of the Jewish Federation, in the government affairs department. While my main task was planning a seminar for local legislative interns, I was also able to meet influential politicians throughout the state and attend various meetings on interfaith relations. The seminar was a huge success, focusing on education about Israel for future law-makers, and was co-sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The major takeaway for me was that I got back in touch with my religion and fused my passion for politics and security with Judaism. Over the summer I gained experiences that will undoubtedly help me shape my future and career as I move forward from Mount Holyoke.