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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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Bernadette Norman

Romance Languages Major
Teaching English Abroad: the Discrepancy of English Education for Migrant Children in China
With the largest population on the planet, China has over 30 million migrant children in its cities. These children’s access to social welfare services such as healthcare and education is significantly limited. This summer I interned at a not-for-profit organization called Stepping Stones that aims to improve the general welfare and education of the country’s migrant children. Located in Shanghai, China, Stepping Stones provides English classes and eye care within the city itself and in nearby provinces. As an intern, my main responsibility was to teach English to grades 1-6 at various program sites. I taught on average four times a week with other interns and volunteers, and together we developed lesson plans and teaching resources for each class. My biggest challenge was communication due to the Chinese-English language barrier, but this internship allowed me to accomplish two goals: take my experience as a foreign-language learner and use it to help others, and work in an international environment that boosted my confidence in my Mandarin and presentation skills.