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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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Ariana Sarmiento Fielding

Art Studio Major
Tale of Twin Cities
This summer I was a studio intern at Minnesota Children’s Museum. My role there was to help maintain and develop a new makerspace designed for children. As part of my daily routine, I interacted with visitors of the museum to assist with the use of materials that were available in the space. This experience gave me the opportunity to learn how to properly present myself to different groups of people and how to have meaningful interactions with people of all ages. Living and working in a new place also forced me to develop better interpersonal skills, as I needed to adapt to changing situations in both my personal and professional life.