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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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Cymone Martin

Sociology Major and Nexus Law, Public Policy and Human Rights
Through Lynk I had the opportunity to intern at Cripps & Silver, a criminal defense law firm in Detroit, Michigan. Cripps & Silver represents clients across the state charged with various misdemeanors and felonies such as: parole revocation, driver’s license restoration, appeals, MIPs, DWIs, sexual assault, robbery, drug possession, homicide, weapons charges, arson, and theft. Cripps & Silver had the distinction of representing a defendant in the only death penalty case in Michigan.
My internship responsibilities included assisting with taking statements and note-taking during client meetings. I also participated in discovery, which exposed me to jail calls, morgue photos, confessions, security camera footage and other forms of evidence. I used the discovery evidence to draft outlines, which the lawyers used to build their cases. Because of Lynk, I was able to secure this internship, which allowed me to combine my interest in law and social work to develop lifelong skills.