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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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Echo Wang

International Relations & French Major
Europe as a Cross-Border Democracy
This presentation will focus on how the democratic institutions of the European Union function and how they embody the idea of democracy. Through her eight-week internship at the European Parliament, Echo familiarized herself with the structure of the Parliament and various public policies. Within an institution of a cross-border democracy, she had to adapt herself to a very different political environment within a short amount of time and came to realize its pros and cons. In the meantime, she met with other political actors such as NGOs and interest groups to see how they promote their interests. How does one of the biggest democracies in the world function and how well does it hear its people’s voices? In order to answer this question, Echo will talk about politics within the European Parliament and use some public policies she has been involved in as examples.