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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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Epyana Smith

Psychology and Africana Studies Major
For the summer of 2017, Epyana Smith worked on the development team at a nonprofit organization named “Arts East New York” (AENY). AENY is based in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. AENY looks to support East New York through the arts; its mission is rooted in the idea that inspiring a community through Arts & Culture sets a sustainable pattern of resident-led development. While working as the development team intern, Epyana gained skills in grant researching, preparation, and execution. She also assisted in special event plaining and donor stewardship. While supporting the organization by focusing on funding, Epyana was able to gain insight into the mechanics of the behind-the-scenes work that helps maintain nonprofits.