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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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Olive Tran

Computer Science Major
Designing Internationally: Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned
Design can be affected a by a great variety of factors, cultural and social contexts included. As the Design Intern for VietAbroader 2017 Career Conference, Olive Tran's goal was to brainstorm and design compelling promotional materials to attract Vietnamese youth. Through her internship, she reflected on the intersection between cultural context and design by analyzing the different perceptions of what is considered a successful design in varying cultural backgrounds. Her panel will explore the unique perspective that is shaped by the experience of designing internationally, specifically in the United States and in Vietnam. It will discuss the conflicts that she faced in terms of design trends, their effects on her approach to design, and her resolution to harmonize the differences.