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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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Alissa Smith

Educational Policy Studies Special Major
The Intersection of Education and Culture: Teaching and Educational Research in Argentina
As an Educational Policy Studies major and teacher licensure candidate, I always seek to deepen my understanding of the field of education. I have had many experiences within the US in education but none in international education until this past summer. I had the opportunity to intern at Home Intercultural Learning, a language school in La Plata, Argentina. This brought its own set of challenges as it was my first time traveling abroad. However, I gained many valuable skills through the work and cultural immersion. At Home, I taught English classes, designed curriculum, and completed an ethnographic research project on cooperation and competition in classrooms. Not only did I leave the internship with a broader understanding of teaching and education, but I gained a deeper understanding of my place in the world and the meaning of being a global citizen.