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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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Grace Wheeler

Biology Major
Specialized Care for Working Canines
Grace is studying to become a veterinarian specifically for working canines, because she believes working dogs’ indispensable daily performance requires specialized medical care. In order to learn more about this specific interest, Grace did her summer internship with The Seeing Eye, Inc. in Morristown, New Jersey. The Seeing Eye is the organization that breeds, trains, and matches Seeing Eye dogs with sight-impaired individuals. They are the oldest existing guide dog school in the world, and Grace felt that there was no better place for her to learn about the unique medical needs of working dogs than at The Seeing Eye’s on-site clinic. In this panel, she will discuss what she learned, as well as the unusual methods she used to find both the internship and summer housing.