Looking back and LEAPing forward

June 19, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Presentation during 2017 LEAP SymposiumThe LEAP (Learning from Application) Symposium is Mount Holyoke's premier showcase of student summer work, organized by and for Mount Holyoke students.

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 — family, friends, faculty, staff and alumnae — to come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.


From labs and law offices, embassies and businesses, archives, television studios, farms and rural communities around the world, students return from their summer experiences and reflect critically about what they have learned. At LEAP, this is translated into panel presentations for a student audience who see a model of what they can aspire to accomplish themselves.

Nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences each year. Most tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. They 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.

By directing your gift to The Lynk & Career Preparedness, you are investing in the LEAP Symposium and the myriad experiences that help Mount Holyoke students achieve their immediate and long-term goals. When you choose a destination for your gift through The Mount Holyoke Fund, you put your money to work where it matters most to you.

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