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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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Maryanne Magnier

International Relations Major
This summer I got the chance to intern at Senator Elizabeth Warren's office in Washington, DC. I attended briefings, wrote memos, communicated with constituents, and more (I got to hear Ben Carson speak!). It was a really cool experience to see the inner workings of a prominent senator's office during a lot of chaos on the Hill (Jared Kushner testifying, several failed Obamacare repeals, Charlottesville, North Korea worries, et cetera). I learned a lot and realized I definitely want to work in policy and run for public office someday.