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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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Xinyi Zhao

German Studies & Philosophy Major
Exploring Marketing in a Law Firm
Why does a law firm needs a business development department which focuses on marketing? My summer internship in one of the biggest law firms in China may provide an answer to this question. Working as a marketing intern in King & Wood Mallesons, my experience offers a different perspective on exploring business in highly professional industries; it is in fact an interdisciplinary practice. During the internship, I did marketing research as well as polishing bidding proposals, which also requires some legal knowledge. Meanwhile, my internship incorporated critical thinking into the experience. As a freshman in business, thinking and reflecting critically enabled me to learn and communicate effectively. Through this internship, I navigated how marketing works in law firms from a liberal art perspective.