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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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Trisha Kelly

Five College Film Studies Major
Agent, Editor, Author: Planning for a Future in Publishing
Ever wonder what happens to a book before it lands on an editor’s desk? Trisha spent her summer immersed in the New York City publishing scene through her work at InkWell Management, a literary agency with a client base ranging from Anthony Bourdain to Markus Zusak. This presentation will outline the role of literary agencies in the publishing landscape along with Trisha’s specific responsibilities at InkWell, explaining how her newfound knowledge of the industry and the respect that InkWell’s agents showed towards genre fiction worked in tandem to give her the confidence to plan for a future in writing romance and women’s fiction. Although her internship assured her that she would find fulfillment working as an agent or editor, it ultimately solidified that she has the passion and determination to make it as an author, and even more importantly, that she owes it to herself to try.