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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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Psychology Major
Expanding the Online Presence for an ASL School
Martha had the pleasure of interning with SIGNING Basics, a private American Sign Language school in Springfield, MA. This work allowed Martha to develop and expand her ASL skills, as was expected; but there was much more, beyond this, to be gained. Martha researched various aspects of Deaf culture, writing articles each week for the company's social media accounts. She traveled across the state for conferences about social media for small business. She had many opportunities to join beginner ASL classes, at times tutoring students and teaching the basics. She sent out weekly newsletters about events, and helped the owner re-build and re-brand her business's online presence. She took photographs and sold items for the owner's side business, Signing Tees & Stuff, which sells jewelry, t-shirts and more. Without a doubt, this experience was positive for all parties involved. Martha is currently an independent contractor for SIGNING Basics.