Penn State Hillel’s Link Program is a yearlong engagement initiative that pairs first year students (Linksters) with upperclassman (Links). For a first year student, an upperclassman serves as a peer mentor, buddy, and link to all things Penn State. First year students who register to be a Linkster will be matched with a Link based on the self-described interests and personality of the student. In addition to the peer mentorship component of Link, various events will be held throughout the year. 

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Non-First Year Students (upperclassman): Click here to apply.
  • First Year Students: Click here to apply.

The goals of the program are:

  • To help first year students settle in at Penn State
  • To familiarize them with Jewish life at Penn State
  • To facilitate their involvement in the Hillel community 

As peer mentors, or Links, returning students are responsible for making the first year students, Linksters, feel welcome and supported as they step into the college world at Happy Valley. The Link Program and Penn State Hillel will host special programming designed to strengthen the relationships between link pairings and to provide opportunities to connect with students all across campus. We hope for these relationships to continue not only for the year, but also for the rest of the students’ college careers as we strive to have legacies of links in the years to come. 

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“Penn State Hillel’s LINK Program is a year-long peer-mentorship initiative that pairs first-year students, Linksters, with upperclassmen, Links, in an effort to become acclimated to life at Penn State. In addition, LINK serves to familiarize students with Jewish life at Penn State and facilitates student involvement in the Hillel community.”


  • Oversee the Link Program Executive Board
  • Set up weekly Executive Board meetings with an agenda and tasks to accomplish
  • Maintain LINK Program phone & email contact lists
  • Act as the head matchmaker between the first year students (Linksters) & upperclassmen (Links) & execute the application process.
  • Communicate and collaborate regularly with Hillel staff supervisor and the Hillel Executive Board  
  • Conduct regular check-ins with Links & Linksters
  • Recruit new Links & Linksters


  • Book rooms outside of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center using 25Live
  • Record engagement success via engagement tracker
  • Oversee recruitment efforts for the program
  • Send regular emails to all students involved about upcoming LINK & Hillel events
  • Coalition building with other organizations
  • Take notes at meetings


  • Budget all LINK events
  • Keep an up-to-date budget with event costs
  • Take attendance at all events & record attendance in budget
  • Manage coffee date reimbursements
  • Alter previous budget to fit the needs of the current semester
  • Recruit new Links and Linksters

Marketing Chair

  • Maintain all three of LINK’s social media platforms
  • Facebook page
  • GroupMe
  • Instagram
  • Innovate & expand LINK’s social media presence
  • Recruit new Links and Linksters
  • Submit program marketing requests to Hannah Giterman

Link Board Application