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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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Emily Tarantini

Anthropology Major
When Time Takes Up Space: Collections Management in a Museum
It has been said that museums are places where time is transformed into space. What happens when a museum has seen a lot of time, but has little (storage) space? This summer, I spent my time working at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum as a collections management intern. Under the guidance of our registrar, I undertook the large project of reconciling and reorganizing over one hundred years’ worth of MHCAM object and exhibition records. In doing so, I gained valuable skills in registrarial practice. The MHCAM is fortunate enough to have some extremely diverse collections— one day I was working with ceramics from the ancient Americas, and the next, I was working with fruit crate label artwork from California citrus companies in the 1920s. My time at the MHCAM confirmed what I had already suspected— that I could see myself working in a museum for the rest of my life.