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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.
avatar for Jody  Phelps

Jody Phelps

Geography and Spanish Major
Santa Fe Dreamers Project: DACA, Detention and Navigating US Immigration Law
This summer, Jody interned in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project. They are a nonprofit immigration law firm whose mission is to provide pro-bono legal services to Dreamers, and they have recently expanded to provide services to detainees who are petitioning the US Government for asylum. While interning, Jody was exposed to many issues within immigration, specifically in the US, and got a glimpse of the violent and damaging policies being implemented by the current administration. She worked one-on-one with people both in the local community and in a detention center, translating documents, filling out applications and researching country conditions to support the work of the attorneys. Through this internship, she developed strong connections with the people she met and feels confident in her decision to attend law school and pursue a career in immigration law.