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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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Environmental Studies Major
Sustainable Farming at LIFE Monteverde
Eleanor was a sustainable farming intern at LIFE Monteverde, a coffee farm in Monteverde, Costa Rica. There, she assisted a graduate of the University of Costa Rica in his research project measuring the volume of wood and carbon from Cypress trees, an exotic species, located on the farm. By calculating the volume of carbon and the commercial quality of the trees, Eleanor analyzed the commercial benefits of using the trees for construction purposes and the costs to the environment of cutting the trees down. In addition, she also worked in the farm’s vegetable garden, learned how to make goat cheese, worked with student groups, and completed two murals in the farm’s classroom. Although the research project developed many useful skills that Eleanor can use in the future, the most influential part of the internship was getting to know the other farmers, bettering her Spanish, and learning about the interactions between social, environmental, and economic sustainability within a business.