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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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Cassie Peltier

History Major and Nexus in Public History, Museums, and Archives
From Data Entry to Display Cases: an Introduction to the World of Collection Management and Curation in Museums
Are the skills learned through history coursework really applicable in professional settings? Can research projects really lead to internships? Yes! As a Curatorial and Collections Intern at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum I worked closely with staff in the Curatorial, Collections Management, and Education departments. I assisted with a variety of projects including cataloging, exhibit installation, research, and guiding activities for school children. Working at a small, student-oriented site allowed me to pursue my own interests; it also challenged me to apply a wide range of skills in new and exciting contexts. I learned through experience about the many roles and responsibilities necessary for the management and care of a museum and its objects, as well as the importance of collaboration, sensitivity, and pragmatism. I hope to work with teaching museums like the MHCAM who strive to uncover the complex histories of collected objects in meaningful, interdisciplinary ways.