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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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Anna Shortridge

Politics Major
International Politics on Capitol Hill: from the Senate to the House
As a student studying international politics, I had the treat of splitting my summer between two internships on Capitol Hill: one with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the other with the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. I watched Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announce that Otto Warmbier was being returned to the US from North Korea, the vote on the Iran Sanctions Bill from the Senate gallery, and even made small talk with Senator Corey Booker. However, it wasn’t just fun and games on Capitol Hill -- I prepared briefings, researched various topics for upcoming hearings, and ran errands around the Senate and House complex without getting lost, for the most part. While these experiences came with their challenges, I learned the importance of sticking up for myself, especially as a woman on the Hill, and paying attention to my surroundings, because I never knew if what I was witnessing would make history.