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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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Anna Zheng

English Major
Connecting the Classroom and Campus Experience to Consulting
What does it take to grow a business? How can a liberal arts education background add a valuable perspective to consulting? How can consultants play a role in creating social change and impact? This summer I went behind the scenes as an intern for The Azara Group, a leadership and strategy consulting start-up, and explored these questions during my time there. My role focused on supporting the expansion of a start-up through research and content creation. I had many opportunities to closely examine the business challenges faced by various industries and organizations, and to craft proposals for action steps and multi-faceted solutions. In this work, I was able to revisit larger societal issues that I was familiar with in the context of industries and organizations that I did not have prior in-depth knowledge of. By connecting the familiar and new, I was able to come away with a meaningful experience.