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Student Employment

Our AANAPISI grant funds opportunities for Pacific Islander students to engage in ÔÇťhigh impactÔÇŁ activities. Among a variety of ÔÇťhigh impactÔÇŁ activities are our Highly Engaged Learning Positions (HELP) in which students are employed on and off-campus; serving as a research assistant with a faculty member or working in an internship; and providing service to the community in various capacities, such as tutoring and mentoring students in the Hilo community.

Hiring Priorities

The highest priority to participate in the student employment program is based on the following criteria:

  • UH Hilo classified undergraduate student
  • Pacific islander ethnicity
  • Financial need (as demonstrated through the FAFSA financial aid application)


  • UH Hilo students (Hawai╩╗i CC students not eligible)
  • enrolled at least half-time
  • minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis; contact the Director for more information)
  • maintaining satisfactory academic progress

Not Eligible

  • students whose home campus is not UH Hilo (e.g., Hawai╩╗i CC students)
  • graduate and post-baccalaureate students
  • students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Native Hawaiians do not qualify for the purpose of this grant

Application Deadlines

Opportunities are available on a rolling basis; there is no deadline. Please note that students who are deemed eligible to participate in the program are not guaranteed a position.

Required Activities

Pacific Islander students who complete ONE of the HELP Job Training workshops will be given priority consideration for any of the AANAPISI-funded HELP placements. Participation in this workshop does NOT guarantee placement, but you will not be considered until you have completed one of them. See Events Calendar for HELP Wanted - Job Training.

How to Apply

Steps to apply for a position if you meet the above eligibility requirements:

Once RCUH has approved your employment...

You will be sent an email from RCUH and the PISC with the start date of your position and a job orientation at the PISC.

More Information

Contact Talaite M. Petrowski or visit the PISC.