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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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Raeesa Mehjabeen

Computer Science Major
Software Engineering in the Finance Industry
My summer at Nationwide, an insurance and finance company, gave me important duties and responsibilities where I directly coded results that would affect thousands of their customers, such as designing their applications and doing data analysis for project upgrades. As an application development intern, I worked with software engineers, project managers and business analysts to develop a new ClaimCenter application. In this presentation, I will discuss the challenges of working in an unfamiliar industry, the importance of building professional relationships, and advice on how to make the most of your internship experience.