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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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Cailin Van Nevel

Environmental Studies Major
Change is Simple: Supporting the Environmental Movement through Education
This summer, I interned at Change is Simple Inc., a small, nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach elementary school-aged children about environmental issues and sustainability. I was able to both work with students and plan and execute curriculum as well as further applications for students and teachers. My experience this summer solidified my interests and my post-graduate plans to work in education and offered me a potential alternative to being a traditional teacher. Working at an environmental education non-profit perfectly aligned my interests of environmental studies and education and allowed me to apply and supplement my previous coursework to direct interactions with students. This prepared me for further endeavors, both in my final year at Mount Holyoke and prospective careers.