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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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Brandy Williamson

Psychology and Education Major
Harlem Children's Zone/The Power of Non-Profit Organizations
Imagine entering a program at the age of eight years old and then thirteen years later interning for the same program in your own community. This summer Brandy Williamson interned at Harlem Children’s zone, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem through innovative and effective programs. Brandy worked with kindergarteners to second-grade students as a day camp counselor, administering literacy​ ​workshops​ and implementing ​weekly​ ​schedules,​ ​activities,​ ​and​ ​programming. By interning and switching from student to counselor, Brandy was able to learn more about the inner-workings of the program and its approach to fight against poverty through education, family, community, and health. Through this experience not only was Brandy able to reciprocate the support given to her when she was in the program to campers, but she also experienced how the organization she grew up in continues to significantly impact the students in her community.