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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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Shikha Thakali

Architecture & Economics Major
Sustainable Design
This summer, I worked as an Arc and Buildings intern for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington D.C. Within USGBC, I worked primarily with Arc Skoru Inc., a new technology company launched by USGBC that allows any project, whether a single building, a community, or an entire city, to track and measure building performance, benchmark against similar projects around the world and thus set tangible sustainability goals. At Arc, I conducted research on project metrics and sustainability measures in the green building industry and global methods for measuring building performance across environmental, economic and social indicators. Furthermore, I drafted user stories and descriptions of preferred user experience and outcomes for the Arc platform. This internship gave me an insight into the green building industry in the USA and around the world and emphasized the need to address the current environmental concerns our world is facing.