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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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Eisha Khan

Math Major
Venturing into the World of Social Entrepreneurship
Over the summer, Eisha ventured into researching her socially-driven for-profit business model, which is a restaurant. The social aspect of the business is that Eisha wants to create opportunities of employment for the marginalized transgender community in Pakistan. At large, her research was meeting with the transgender community to not only meet their desired needs but to also understand their current standing within Pakistan. At her meetings with The Transgender Initiative Office, Eisha was able to create a training program, which is designed to enhance an employee’s desired skills. Moreover, she was able to create a list of interview questions that she could ask prospective employees. The people Eisha met helped her lay out the foundation of her restaurant. Although Eisha’s past experience with entrepreneurship helped with the business model, it was on-site learning with members of the transgender community that helped channel her inner activist the right way.