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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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Liz Rose

Art History and Psychology Major
How Two Summers Changed My Career Path
Liz worked with a non-profit called Elm City Internationals in New Haven, Connecticut for the past two summers. Her role as an intern included working one-on-one with the boys, making worksheets for the books the younger cohort read, helping the high school boys write social justice research papers, and playing with the kids. She was able to work with two students throughout the summer on their paper. Together, the boys completed a strong paper, and the longest one they had ever written. In addition, the younger boys grew close to Liz both in the classroom and on the soccer field. They bonded over playing small-sided games outside then continued reading books, such as Esperanza Rising and Once, inside. The books chosen for the summer focused on difficult issues, like the Holocaust and the hardships of immigration from one country to another. Liz is inspired to continue her education after these experiences.