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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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Ishanee Rudra

Economics and Math Major
“It’s Like Uber, but for Pickles”: Navigating the Competitive World of Start-Ups.
We are constantly swimming in ideas, some good and some better. However only a handful of ideas turn into actions, and even fewer actions become sustainable start-ups. With a success rate of less than 10 percent, being an entrepreneur is harder than ever. So, what makes a start-up stay up? In this presentation, I seek to explore these ideas and shed light on how my summer working at a NYC-based startup opened my eyes to the world of small businesses.