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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.
avatar for Alessandra  Massa

Alessandra Massa

Politics & Russian Studies Major
How a Liberal Arts Education Prepared Me for Finance
As a politics and Russian studies double major, I embarked on a daunting task this past summer. Sparked by my interests in the markets, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and into the world of wealth management. Working as a capital raising and marketing intern for a boutique family office in NYC was a perfect stepping stone into the world of finance. Starting my internship with limited financial knowledge and no experience in the field, I was constantly learning and asking questions. Whether I was creating content for presentations, cultivating relationships with possible investors, or researching blockchain technologies, no two days were ever identical. I will bring my unique perspective on how I navigated working at a fast-paced start-up family office using the skills I have developed as a liberal arts student. My internship this past summer cemented my interests in the financial industry and set me up for future success!