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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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Melissa Perez

International Relations Major
Readjustment in Public Service Goals
Melissa completed her summer internship in Washington, DC as a legislative intern. Due to her interest in public service, Melissa applied in the hopes of finding reinvigorating legislative work as an intern on Capitol Hill. Her daily tasks included answering constituent calls, running errands for the Congresswoman’s staffers, and supporting the staff assistant in routine office administrative tasks. Though her love for public service was not reinvigorated, she did extensively learn about flexibility and readjusting expectations during her summer internship. Being on the Hill also offered her exposure to different kinds of public service, and an understanding that just because working in a federal office isn’t for you, doesn’t mean you cannot do good work in a public service career.