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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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Sarah Olsen

English and Religion Major
The Power of Storytelling: Journalism
I spent this summer as a newspaper intern at The La Grande Observer in La Grande, Oregon. At the newspaper I worked with journalists and photographers to report on news in Wallowa and Union county. I managed the newspaper’s web site and social media, attended local events and interviewed people. I also wrote and edited articles. This internship gave me the opportunity to improve the communication and writing skills I had developed at Mount Holyoke as well as experience what a career in journalism would entail. Journalism is not just reporting but also telling stories of the community. It was through this internship that I realized how important storytelling is for a community.