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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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Mairead Rose Tuttle

Economics and French Major
Promoting Peace and Justice
Issues concerning peace and justice exist all over the world. This summer, I had the opportunity to work with an organization that promotes education about these issues in northeastern Pennsylvania. Throughout my time with the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice, I had a variety of responsibilities ranging from writing grant requests to answering email. Additionally, I expanded the organization’s social media presence and updated its bookkeeping software. The biggest project I took on was helping to plan the organization’s annual summer camp that teaches children how to lead peaceful lives. This internship taught me about the day-to-day operations of nonprofit organizations, as well as the ways in which nonprofit organizations and businesses can work together to build stronger communities.