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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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Thanh Mai Nguyen

Economics Major
The World of PR/Marketing: That Agency Life
“So, what exactly do you do?” Working for a marketing agency, you’ll hear this question all the time. This summer, I was a Junior Executive Intern at Jolen Consulting, a full-service marketing agency based in Vietnam. Here, we handled all the PR and marketing activities according to our clients’ demands. Our clients came from different fields such as FMCG, F&B, real estate, and lifestyle, to name a few. As an intern, I contributed to account management and different projects for Kingsmen Design, Amazin LeThi Foundation, and Calsome. My work ranged from client/supplier meetings and proposal writing to event planning and media relations. Some prominent projects I was a part of were Kingsmen’s CSR Campaign, ALF’s Press Conference, and Threadsol’s Business Development. I also conducted consumer research to better understand the brand and the market, where I used what I had learned in research methods at Mount Holyoke. My work was mostly in collaboration with other team members, which was challenging at times to balance. However, thanks to Mount Holyoke, I was well-prepared. Through this experience, not only did I value my practical work in marketing, but I also learned about many other industries and improved transferable skills. It became the foundation of my future career in marketing as well as a reinforcement of what I learned in my Global Business Nexus minor.