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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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Aastha Niraula

Computer Science Major
Summer at Amazon
I worked as a software development engineering intern at Amazon this summer. Specifically, I interned with Amazon Video and worked on front-end engineering. Using languages like JavaScript, TypeScript, CSS and HTML, I designed, implemented and tested a real-time graph reflecting the diagnostic data from Amazon’s web player. This data is essential to understand and monitor the performance of the player and make any necessary improvements for the future versions. In addition to learning essential programming skills and new languages, I also had a great experience understanding the life of a software development engineer. I attended numerous talks about the various opportunities available in computer science and discussions regarding the role of women in computing. In retrospect, I believe that this internship allowed to me to test and recognize the career role I want after graduation and solidify my goal for the future.