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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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Sofia Raiffa

Politics & Sociology Major
Testing the Waters of Human Rights and Non-Profit Work
This past summer I was able to explore the possibilities of a career in nonprofit work, which gave a more nuanced and informed view of the field. Working at the global-reaching and locally-based non-profit Verite was both rewarding and enlightening as I was able to hone and polish investigative research skills and become familiar with the day-to-day workings of an international organization aimed at eliminating unfair labor conditions. During my time there, I researched and documented risks associated with various labor brokers in five different countries to inform companies of their supply chains. I also helped with the writing of reports outlining the labor policies associated with specific commodities and countries. In my presentation, I will give an overview of what it’s like to dip your toe in the world of nonprofit work and find fulfillment and purpose in the job you’ve chosen.