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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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Adele Stock

History Major
From Cotton to Gold: Labor in a Global Context
It is not often we think about the human labor that goes into the goods we consume, or the laws that govern that labor. It is also not often we consider where, and how, our goods are produced. This summer, I gained a much deeper understanding of global labor issues through research on how consumer demand and poverty drive unsafe and unfair labor practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. My work as a Research Intern at Verité covered 50 countries, 30 commodities, and hundreds of sets of labor laws. I found that the more research I conducted, the more questions I had about the legitimacy and effectiveness of international labor guidelines. From a desk in Amherst, Massachusetts, my internship challenged me to analyze the role that American organizations have on shaping realities for workers around the world.