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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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Sam Miller

History Major
One Is Enough
One often enters into an internship with high expectations: to gain extensive knowledge of their field of study in multiple areas. This goes doubly for those whose internships were only described in vague terms; becoming an “assistant” or “helper” can mean any number of things, and it is not unusual for students to believe that they will be dealing with a large body of work over the course of their internship. However, in fields dealing with preservation, such as history, the truth is that there are often many long and tedious projects that involve only one skill but that are absolutely necessary for the upkeep of a museum or collection. I spent my summer creating a database for my organization’s postcard collection, and, far from being disappointed, it left me with an appreciation for people who are willing to do repetitive and time-consuming work to keep museums running smoothly.