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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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Dani Planer

Critical Social Thought Major
Learning to Listen: an Exploration of the Independent Publishing World
Through LYNK, I had the opportunity to work as a general editor with the online literary magazine and podcast Voicemail Poems, which seeks to highlight the raw and authentic voices of new and established writers of all genres. Poets submit to the magazine by reading their original work to a voicemail box which the editors then listen and sort through together in an attempt to curate a cohesive and nuanced seasonal issue of the magazine. As a general editor, I had the opportunity to grapple with and learn from the submitted works alongside other writers and editors. This internship gave me valuable insight not only into the world of independent publishing but, also, into the nature of my own work ethic.