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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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Selena Wong

Economics Major
Encouraging Innovation in Youth
This summer, I served as a teacher’s assistant for the Berkeley Business Academy for Youth. In teams, my students were able to develop business plans for independent start-ups with capital for a product of their own innovation. For many students, this was the first opportunity they received to advocate for themselves, participate in market analysis, and construct their own business plans. Some of these projects even went on to become their own businesses. As one of their teachers, I developed the curriculum that fostered their leadership skills, consciousness of corporate social responsibility, and encouraged them to put their innovative ideas into fruition. Bearing witness to their development and passion over the course of the summer exposed me to the value of empowering the community through youth engagement. What was most important to me was exposing my students to think beyond their privilege to consider social inequality within the realm of business.