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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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Alice Simmons

Environmental Studies Major
Mapping a Career in Local Government
This summer I interned with the Town of South Hadley’s Conservation Commission, under the supervision of the town planner and the conservation administrator. I was initially hired to create maps of the trails in the town’s conservation areas, but I found myself involved in much more than just the mapping. I attended commission meetings, wrote content for the town’s website, reported on wildlife, reviewed vernal pool data, and more. Each day I had the opportunity to work both independently and in collaboration with my supervisors and the town’s bike/walk committee to contribute to the health of the town’s public lands through education and data gathering. After this summer, my interest in local government work grew, and I now hope to pursue something similar after college.