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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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Sally Ma

International Relations & East Asian Studies Major
Navigating Challenges: Unfamiliar Workplace and Sensitivity of Language
While studying abroad in Shanghai, I interned at naked Discovery. This company provides creative lifestyle and learning services and is a space for children and professionals to develop or expand their learning and leadership skills. However, during my time with naked Discovery, the company was undergoing a major restructuring of its operations. My main project was to work on a business analysis and proposal, providing suggestions to attract potential customers as well as recommendations for alternative creative learning programs. Additionally, during my summer in San Francisco, I interned at Pacific Atrocities Education doing historical research on the Pacific Asia War, focusing on the fall of Singapore. My responsibilities included conducting literature reviews, writing blog posts, and creating infographics. In my presentation, I will discuss obstacles I encountered regarding the unfamiliar work culture, paperwork challenges, and reconstructing the past fairly, and how each challenge was a lesson on navigating a professional environment.