Jump Program

Exciting JUMP Programming



Take the JUMP with us every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 am (EST) 

 Join the JUMP Skippers, your team leaders that are fellow Lakehead University students as they lead their crews through an engaging experiential online learning platform that will support you to build your leadership skills and learn more about life at Lakehead University.  The International Student Services team wants to make you feel at home here at Lakehead before you even arrive! 

 Through the JUMP programming, you will have a chance to meet new people and build friendships, build your leadership skills through great live programming and skill-building sessions and prepare yourself to take the JUMP into life at Lakehead! 

 Join us for this 6-week experiential learning program hosting live events on Tuesday and Thursday each week exploring new skills, Canadian culture, survival skills to thrive in your first year at Lakehead and build leadership and soft skills to assist you in building your resume for the Canadian workplace! 

 Take the JUMP! Register today!

Participants Register Here!

1.  JUMP  Tuesday: Let's JUMP

Jump into our first JUMP event where you will get to know your skippers and JUMP mates as well as learn about the exciting events in which you will be taking part as part of this amazing program.

Date: June 29th, 2021, Tuesday

2. JUMP Thursday: Canada Day! All about Canadian Culture

JUMP into our Canada day celebrations where you get to learn some fun facts about Canada, Canadian slang and cuisine!

Date: June 30th, 2021, Thursday.



About the JUMP Program:  

The pandemic has created increased uncertainty for new students in the student life cycle from recruitment to retention. The program JUMP aims to connect and engage new International students and support their transition to Canadian life and Lakehead University. This six-week summer program (June-August) fosters students’ belonging and connection to student life at Lakehead pre-arrival. 

This program offers an opportunity for new international students to engage with their peers, staff, faculty and the community as part of a connective pre-arrival transition program. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in small connected groups with student leadership (Skippers) to support. The program has capstones that provide growth in leadership and teambuilding. Participants receive leadership development and team-building leadership certificate, including credit on their Co-Curricular Record.


 Who are the Skippers?

Skippers are a vital part of the JUMP program; they ensure the students in the program thrive! Skippers are upper-year Lakehead students that help the new and potential first-year international students learn about life in Canada and at Lakehead. Skippers will be assigned a group of five students that they will lead and be their number one support person throughout the program. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am are dedicated to live programming on Zoom; this includes team-building activities and learning new skills/information about life at LU. Skippers must attend these sessions, as it is crucial that they can fully support their group and encourage them to participate. There will be special events and asynchronous programming that Skippers may need to support their groups through. Skippers may be asked to meet with their groups, plan and host programming, and support LUI JUMP staff outside these synchronous hours. 

Being a Skipper brings opportunities to grow your leadership skills, practice mentoring first-year students, enhance your cultural intelligence, and learn how to present yourself professionally. Skippers also earn a leadership development and team-building leadership certificate, including credit on their Co-Curricular Record. Also this works towards completion of the Lakehead Global Certificate and includes a career reference from the Director of International Student Services upon successful program delivery completion.


  • Leadership and Team Building abilities

  • Good cross-cultural communication skills (Able to naturally lead discussions with students from many diverse backgrounds)

  • Have strong knowledge of Lakehead University and Student Life

  • Genuinely cares about others and has a positive attitude

  • Able to commit to the time requirements (last week of June to the first week of August).

  • Able to mentor a group of first-year students

  • Building rapport with students, fostering friendships and creating an inclusive environment

  • Demonstrates respect and understanding for diverse cultures and backgrounds

  • Able to record engaging videos for promotional purposes, comfortable on Zoom, using social media

  • Event hosting experience (Not required, but an asset)

  • Able to attend the Skipper Day Retreat on Wednesday, June 23rd from 10 am - 3:30 pm EST

 To Apply: 

Please apply by June 17th, 2021, at 4:00 pm EST and attach your video application to the JUMP Skipper application form.

In your video application, please:

  • Introduce yourself

  • Tell us about the experiences you have had at Lakehead and in Canada that have led to your decision to apply to be a Skipper! 

  • Please tell us three skills you have that would make you an excellent Skipper, and why! 

  • Feel free to add any other information that you feel is important for your application. 

Apply Now!



Jump Playlist

Check out our high-energy Jump playlist on Spotify and feel free to add your own to it.