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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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Anima Shrestha

Politics Major
Preserving the Legacy of Frances Perkins and Promoting Social Betterment
The Frances Perkins Center in Maine has two important goals. One is to preserve the legacy of a woman who changed the social fabric of America, and another to recognize those who have improved the lives of others through their work in government and other NGOs. My education at Mount Holyoke has provided me with the opportunity to take classes in the sciences and the humanities. As a pre-medicine, politics major I have had the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds. Most importantly, my experience as an intern at the Frances Perkins Center this summer has further increased my desire to work in a NGO. At the Frances Perkins Center, I began the cataloging process of the Frances Perkins' Homestead in order to archive important historical documents, objects, and photos of Frances Perkins’ life and career. Also, I helped organize and facilitate events put on by the center to recognize and honor those who have made contributions towards the social betterment of others.