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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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Tina Le

Biology Major
The Industrial Side: My Summer Internship Experience at Ball Horticultural
“Academia or the industry?” is a perpetual internal debate for many aspiring scientists in their college years, the answer of which would determine their choice of education and work experience later in life. Before my internship, I was also among the individuals struggling to decide my career path. After two months of working in an analytical chemistry lab in Ball Horticultural’s research division, however, I have not only gained valuable skills both inside and outside of the laboratory environment but have also been able to envision my own future after a complete immersion in an industrial setting: doing research in the industry.