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Seahawk Link Application Information

Click Here to Submit Your Seahawk Link Application. Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on February 15

What is a Seahawk Link?

Seahawk Links are UNCW sophomore, junior, and senior students who assist incoming first-year students with their transition into college. Seahawk Links serve as role models and mentors to these students through interactions in the classroom, by assisting new students with making connections to UNCW, and hosting events for first-year students.

Learning Outcomes

By becoming a Seahawk Link you can:

  • Enhance communication, planning, public speaking, and facilitation skills
  • Establish positive working relationships with UNCW faculty, first-year students, and fellow Seahawk Links
  • Contribute to a positive classroom environment by working with UNCW faculty
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of University resources and their ability to refer others to university resources
  • Learn about various personal leadership styles and how these can enhance interpersonal relationships
  • Demonstrate collaborative problem-solving skills
  • Identify transferable skills that align with personal and professional goals


Seahawk Links will:

  • Serve as a positive role model and peer mentor
  • Provide support to incoming first-year students through individualized outreach
  • Attend all spring training sessions
  • Attend all weekly meetings during the fall semester
  • Attend assigned First-Year Seminar course at least once per week
  • Assist in coordinating First-Year Seminar event requirements
  • Establish expectations with assigned First-Year Seminar instructor
  • Facilitate the adjustment of new students to UNCW through the introduction of campus services, academic resources, and campus involvement opportunities
  • Assist with Seahawk Link sponsored program facilitation and planning
  • Participate in First-year student Move-In
  • Participate in UNCWelcome and UNCWelcome Back activities

Eligibility and Qualifications

To be eligible to serve as a Seahawk Link you must:

  • Must be a full-time UNCW student through the fall 2023 semester
  • Must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Must maintain good disciplinary standing by adhering to the Student Code of Life and University Honor Code
  • Must be committed to fulfilling all Seahawk Link responsibilities
  • Be available to attend all Seahawk Links trainings and meetings

Selection Process

Seahawk Link Application Instructions

Applications for the 2023 Seahawk Links team will be open from January 18-February 6, 2023. The application includes the application form, supplemental essay questions, and an agreement to authorize the Assistant Director of Transition Programs to verify your academic and disciplinary standing. 

Individual Interview Information

Once you have submitted your application, the link to sign up for an interview slot will appear in the confirmation message. Interviews will be held from January 30-February 13, 2023. Within 48 hours of submitting your signup, you will receive an outlook calendar invite confirming the time, date, and location of your interview. 

Important Dates

The following dates and times are subject to change. However, the dates below can provide an example of the requirements and general time commitment.

  • Spring Training: Weekly on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. (March 15- April 26)
  • Spring Into Your Sophomore Year: April 19, 2023
  • Fall Retreat: August 18, 2023
  • Convocation Assistance: August 21, 2023 
  • Fall Weekly Meetings: Thursdays beginning August 31, 2023
  • Fall FYrst Friday: August 25, 2023
  • Family Weekend 2023: TBA (typically occurs in late September)
  • FYred Up For Finals: TBA

Benefits and Compensation

Seahawk Links gain significant leadership experiences, develop professional relationships with faculty, staff, and students, learn to effectively facilitate in-class discussions and activities, and improve their communication skills. New Seahawk Links receive $8/hour for meetings and training, assistance with required events, and attending first-year seminar classes or approximately $550 for the entire experience.

Click Here to Submit Your Seahawk Link Application. Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on February 15