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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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Eileen O'Grady

Politics & French Major
Challenging Times: the Small Town Weekly in a 24/7 News World
Panelist Eileen O’Grady spent her summer multitasking. As an editorial intern for the Stowe Reporter LLC and based at the Shelburne News in Shelburne, Vt., O’Grady’s responsibilities included researching topics, conducting interviews with everyone from the town manager to the front man of the local Western swing band, and writing in-depth original stories for the weekly newspaper. Although mainly focused on local government and politics, O’Grady covered everything from the opening of a new restaurant to a persistent train whistle that woke neighbors every night at 3 a.m. The highlight of her summer was a press conference she attended with the governor at a local craft brewery. In addition to writing, O’Grady helped manage the content for the paper, handled social media, assisted with advertising, and answered phones.
Sampling every part of what goes into creating a weekly newspaper gave O’Grady a taste of what it takes to be a journalist in today’s world: flexibility, responsiveness, stellar time management skills, and an ability to balance the pressure for speed with the necessity of maintaining ethical standards.