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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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Sheila McIntosh

English Major
Amplifying Young Voices: Working in Nonprofit Publications
I spent this summer as a Publications Intern at 826CHI, a chapter of a national nonprofit that provides free creative writing programs to students. My role was to transform manuscripts of student writing, from sci-fi plays to political poems, into professionally-published books. I worked on two books coming out this fall, the sale from which will be used to fund the organization’s programs. I gained concrete skills and career experience, but I also learned more about what I’d like to do professionally. Most importantly, I used the writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills I learned at Mount Holyoke as an English major and Peer Health Educator to help empower Chicago young people to tell their own stories.