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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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Deyscha Smith

Sociology Major
Off the Court: Social Change and Community Outreach with the Boston Celtics
Professional sports organizations have a huge platform to service the community and insinuate social change. This summer, I interned with the Boston Celtics and got to experience first-hand how their Community Engagement department provided impactful programs, opportunities and events to the Boston community in efforts to promote literacy, health, and youth empowerment. As an intern, I learned event planning and program development by assisting at events such as basketball clinics, read-alongs, library unveilings and school pep-rallies. As a sociology major with a passion for community work, I learned how the Celtics use their platform to directly impact social issues. As a journalism minor with an aspiring future in sports, I also gained professional skills, exposure to the media, attended playoff games and press conferences and formed connections with the players and the organization. This internship was the perfect experience for a career I would love to pursue one day.