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What is a Seahawk Link?

Seahawk Links are UNCW students who assist incoming freshman with the transition into college during their first semester. Seahawk Links serve as a mentor to these students through interactions in the classroom and assist new students with making connections to UNCW. Students are chosen based upon their involvement, interpersonal, academic, and leadership skills.

Applications for 2018-2019 have closed.

Learning Outcomes

Seahawk Links will:

  • Serve as a role model for UNCW students
  • Enhance communication, public speaking and facilitation skills
  • Establish a positive working relationships with UNCW faculty, freshman 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

Eligibility & Qualifications

  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University
  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA (unless this is your first term at UNCW)
  • Must be a full-time student in the fall 2018 semester
  • Participate in all the 2018 Seahawk Link events
    • Spring Retreat: April 13-15
    • Fall Training: August 17
    • Freshman Move-In: August 18
    • Seahawk Nation: August 19
    • Convocation/Tie-Dye with the Seahawk Links: August 20
    • Family and Alumni Weekend: September 14-16, 2018
  • Participate in weekly Seahawk Link meetings in the fall:
    Thursdays from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


  • Provide support to freshman through programming and outreach
  • Attend all spring and fall trainings, weekly meetings, and events/programs
  • Attend assigned First-Year Seminar course at least once a week
  • Coordinate and manage 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
  • Serve as a positive role model and peer mentor
  • Participate in Move-In
  • Participate in Convocation and Tie Dye with the Links
  • Participate in UNCWelcome activities
  • Participate in Family & Alumni Weekend

Terms of Participation

  • Be a full-time student during the fall 2018 semester. Employment will end at the end of the fall 2018 term (August - November).
  • Seahawk Links will be compensated $7.25 per hour for trainings, weekly meetings and verified hours in assigned First Year Seminar class.
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative and semester GPA.
  • Maintain a good disciplinary standing by adhering to the Student Code of Life and University Honor Code.
  • Fulfill all Seahawk Link responsibilities including attendance at meetings, trainings, and events.