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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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Economics Major
The Walls That Surround Us: an NGO Experience in Cambodia
In a developing country, such as Cambodia, the poor live on the doorsteps of those who have it all. In an attempt to fix this financial disparity and improve income generation, several microfinance NGOs have gathered to provide financial literacy and help with loan management among villagers across provinces in Cambodia. These NGOs are portrayed with an heroic image on media, but it takes grit and effort to fuel these organizations. Working at the Mitt Kaksekor Financial LPC was an opportunity to explore, invest, and give back. There was also a great language barrier, disorganization, and communication struggles. While diving into the financial arena with an economics background, my liberal arts education provided an influx of support and knowledge to overcome several obstacles. By acknowledging and respecting a new culture, navigating the workplace with positive confrontation and open-mindedness, a leap of faith can become a calculated success.