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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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Upasana Sharma

International Relations Major
Policy Making at International Institutions: Fulbright Commission
Upasana’s presentation will focus on her experience at the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium as an Educational Advising Intern during the summer of 2017. She will focus on three main aspects of working at the Fulbright: international diplomacy, policy making and education-based policies. During this eight-week internship, Upasana was exposed to different grant-making procedures and collaborated with the executive team to develop a financial report for the Commission. Her presentation will focus on the distinctiveness of working at the Fulbright Commission in Brussels specifically – as it is the center of funding for three countries – Brussels, Luxembourg, and the U.S. She will address questions of how she saw diplomacy play out within these three countries and how they were successful in collaborating collectively to further excellence in education in all ways possible. Finally, she will speak about her role as an educational advisor to Belgian students for EducationUSA.