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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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Erin Murdock

Environmental Studies and Gender Studies Major
Women's Empowerment in Japan
This summer I interned for GPI US, a company dedicated to Japanese youth empowerment. I spent June and July in Boston before traveling to Japan in August. In Boston, I coordinated youth empowerment programs at local universities. In Japan, I moved to a new city each week where I was greeted by a host family and welcomed into the community. I worked at four different schools facilitating conversations between students and encouraging them to explore their identities and build their confidence. As a class, we focused on challenges such as overpopulation, health care, immigration reform, and gender inequality. For every lesson I taught the students, they taught me something in return. This experience enabled me to leave my comfort zone, challenge myself and gain experience in international education.