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Highly Engaged Learning Placement (HELP)

The Highly Engaged Learning Placement (HELP) program part of the high impact student employment initiative at the PISC. Funded by our AANAPISI grant, HELP enables Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo to create meaningful employment opportunities that impact their education while fulfilling a need in the Pacific Islander communities on campus, Big Island, or throughout the Pacific Island regions.

HELP Placements HELP Employers
HELP Info Sessions HELP Application (for students)
HELP Symposium Frequently Asked Questions
HELP Blog Meet the HELPers

HELP Wanted

Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo can search for the current or past HELP job openings on our HELP Wanted Job Search portal :

HELPer Job Training

Come and learn how to put together a successful HELP proposal. Learn how to develop a HELP proposal by attending one of the HELP Information Sessions on our Events Calendar. You can also contact Vid Raatior ( to set up an appointment.

Host a HELPer

Are you a department on campus, a government agency, school, non-profit organization, or for-profit business on Hawaii Island or in the Pacific Island regions of American Samoa, FSM, Marshall Islands, Palau, etc? Be part of forming the next generation of leaders for the Pacific Islands by hosting a HELPer? Please use the HELP Placement Request Form to propose a position that can be approved and funded for qualified Pacific Islander students. For more information or to download the the form, please email Vid Raatior ( for visit the Employers resource page on the HELP blog:

Apply for HELP

Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo who wish to apply for any current HELP Placements can email email Vid Raatior ( for a copy of the HELP Student Application Form or download one from our HELP blog:

HELP Symposium

Every Fall and Spring terms, the participants in our HELP program (aka HELPers) share their experiences at the ALEX Student Conference coordinated by the Office of Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX) on campus:

HELP Blogs

Visit our HELP Blog to read news, reports, and photos from HELPers on their HELP experiences: