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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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Ruth Sangree

History Major
The Role of NGOS in Post-War Reconciliation 40 Years Out
The War in Vietnam has left an indelible mark on Vietnam and the United States. Bringing about reconciliation between the two countries has been a multi-pronged effort, of which NGOs are a substantial part. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work in Hanoi, Vietnam for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation as a research and communication intern. I assisted on projects that ranged from coordinating landmine removal to hosting local workshops on disability and gender. In addition to the practical skills I gained in the fields of public health and international development, I also was able to build meaningful and lasting relationships with my Vietnamese co-workers, neighbors, and friends. In the process, I gained a more nuanced understanding of the daily work of international NGOs as well as what it means to be an American living and working abroad.