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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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Fareeha Shamim

Economics and International Relations Major
Bridging the Political and Religious Spheres in Support of Peacemaking: My Summer Internship at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy
This summer I interned at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), an organisation bridging religious considerations with the practice of international politics in support of peacemaking. As an intern, I contributed to the the training program of Pakistani imams (religious leaders) by analysing training manuals and attending meetings with the delegation of madrasa teachers from Pakistan promoting interfaith, inter-sectarian, and intercultural coexistence. I was able to study conflict resolution skills and ways to combat religious extremism in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen, and Indonesia through the involvement of religious actors in conflict mitigation and by incorporating religion as part of the solution. I also assisted with the evaluation of ICRD's training activities for the ‘Countering Sectarian Narratives’ project by analysing the community surveys and preparing written reports for it. I also examined the role of Pakistani and American women in combating religious extremism through collaboration and awareness programs.