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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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Crystal Seo

Computer Science Major
Many people imagine computer science internships as just sitting in front of desks and staring at a screen for hours coding. It seems like it does not require as much interaction with other co-workers and to not share ideas and work collaboratively. However, computer science is indeed a major that can require a lot of creativity and have a great impact on others. I like being around people, enjoy collaboration and have passion in education myself, so I decided to take an internship where I could both use my computer science knowledge and be involved in education. As a result, I interned at an entrepreneurship camp and worked with teens and entrepreneurs to build start-ups. With my technical knowledge background, I was able to assist teens with coming up with early-stage, innovative and feasible start-up ideas and taught how to build initial prototype and minimum viable products. The internship did not only allow me to learn how to approach problems, consider the possible and creative options and determine the right solution, but also influenced teens to develop an entrepreneurial mindset to challenge the status quo.