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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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Olivia Melton

Art History Major
Small Museum Big Artist: My Summer in the Archives
During the summer of 2017 I interned at the Cape Ann Museum, a local art and maritime museum on Boston’s north shore. I worked primarily in their library and archives. One of the projects for which I was responsible was cataloging the Virginia Lee Burton collection. Burton was a local artist, children’s book author and illustrator. I organized and conserved her sketchbooks, illustrations, correspondence, photographs and unpublished works. I also organized and conserved the Folly Cove Designer fabric collection. The Designers were a group of women artisans taught and led by Burton. This summer I was introduced to the archival principles of arrangement and conservation. I also gained valuable first-hand experience working in a small art museum.