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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.
RW

Ruth Wondimu

Architecture & Geography Major
Learn, then Experience Architecture
For the past summer, I interned at Breeze consultancy, an architectural and engineering firm in Ethiopia. In the first couple of weeks, I learned the digital softwares AutoCAD and Revit. Although I had taken a digital design class at Mount Holyoke, I hadn’t realized how the need to use each kind of software changes based on the customer base and geographical settings. During most of my internship, I completed the plans and 3D models for multiple construction projects. Once I was well-equipped with the technical part of the job, I participated in the research aspect of the projects. I came up with design concepts for a church. I later finished the details of the presentation including material choices and plans. I found this part very exciting and enlightening because I learned very much. Furthermore, I learned skills outside of design such as communication and negotiation with clients.