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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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Madeline Skrak

Spanish Major
Finding my Niche at The Chronicle
Why would readers seek print news about a competition that was hot on Twitter a week ago? The Chronicle of the Horse magazine in Middleburg, Virginia has jumped through modern obstacles in order to transition into the internet’s landscape of immediacy. This weekly magazine, traditionally comprised of news stories, has compensated by transforming the space that would otherwise be devoted to competition results into more features, profiles and investigative pieces. Although citizen social media may deliver the news faster, qualified equine journalists better cater to this narrow audience by providing a deep, interview-based, photographically rich and fact-checked story. The magazine has adapted digitally by decreasing the frequency of its print publication and increasing the amount of online content and social media presence‒never duplicating stories across platforms. I learned to adapt by becoming a “six-in-one-reporter,” through writing, interviewing, managing web content, photographing and posting on social media.