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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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Sarah McCool

International Relations Major
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Revolution
During this panel, Sarah will discuss her internship at the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, a Boston-based nonprofit that aims to train, recruit, and elect women candidates for office across the state. Sarah spent her summer researching and writing the 40-year, complete history of the MWPC, which took her to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute, among other places. At the end of her internship, she wrote the definitive history of the organization, as well as strategic and structural recommendations for the MWPC moving forward. Sarah will describe the process she used to find this internship, how she feels her time at Mount Holyoke prepared her for this internship, and what her final thoughts are on working for a non-profit like the MWPC. She will also include excerpts from her paper, including observations on the effectiveness of nonprofits in promoting women in politics.