Benefits of LEAP

Welcome LEAPERS! 

The LEAP (Linking Experience, Academics, & Practice) program provides students with customized major and career exploration, intensive academic advisement, and access toexperiential learning opportunities such as internships, fellowships, research opportunities, community service, and campus-based leadership.


The greatest benefit of having a designated LEAP Advisor is having a main point of contact whenever you have questions. Below are common reasons to schedule an appointment with your LEAP Advisor:

  • Class Recommendations
  • Change of Major
  • Adding a Minor
  • Networking & Speaking with Professors
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • Tutoring & other resources at John Jay

Meet with a LEAP Advisor




Experiential Learning Opportunities, such as internships, fellowships, and research opportunities are of how you can gain experience geared towards your career interest. A list of opportunities that Center for Career & Professional Development is highlighting can be found through John Jay Careers Online.

Instructions to view and apply:

  • Create an account through John Jay Careers Online
  • Click the Student/Alumni option
  • New Users must click "Forgot Password", and a new password will be sent to your John Jay email
  • If unable to log in, contact Careers assistance at 212-237-8754 or email at (subject line must include your full name and emplid)

Take your time reviewing all available opportunities and resources:

  • Creating a Resume & Cover Letter
  • Mock Interviewing
  • Meeting with a Career Counselor
  • RSVP for a future Workshop or Event

Being active increases your chance of an Experiential Learning Opportunity!


To maximize your college experience, build relationships and learn from those around you. Join a club, attend an event, and speak to your major department and professors during office hours. Don’t limit yourself to just the classroom. Below are some ideas on getting started.

1. OppNET: Informational modules to help you make the best of your time in college

  • Passions, Values & Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Intro to Networking
  • Networking on Campus

2. Student Clubs: No matter your interest, you can find a club/organization that best suits you through the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership

3. Jay Chat: This series is a bimonthly virtual career networking experience for students to listen and speak with a John Jay Alumni. Our guest speakers range from FBI Agents, Court Judges, Homeland Security, Non-Profit Organization and Entrepreneurial Representatives. Email us at with the subject titled JAY CHAT to get on a waiting list.

4. Alumni Mentoring Program: This program, gives students the opportunity to network, gain practical knowledge for thriving in real-world situations, and enhance their skills to align with the current Nace Competencies by being mentored by a professional John Jay Alumni, possibly in your field of interest, for a semester.



Every month LEAP provides a newsletter highlighting key topics, resources, events, fun facts, and much more. Interested in sharing a story or good news, email us at with the subject titled LEAP NEWS.

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