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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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Neuroscience Major
The Roller Coaster we Call Business
Fabwright Origins is a minimalist creative agency specializing in graphic design and digitally augmented art, sculptures, and products. At Fabwright Origins I learned how to work with Inscape, which is a visual design software that has sophisticated drawing tools. This software is compatible with most 3D printers. The Printer I worked with is located at Lean Park Community Center in Boston. I also worked with Fabwright Studios which is a visionary design firm that helps creatives using digitally augmented processes and tools. This small startup provides both product and services using 3D printing technology. Working with two different part of the company showed me the hands-on perspective and also the research and the various factors that go into working with a small relatively new firm. From being hands on to doing research, I enhanced my knowledge of different types of environments in small businesses.