Help Our Student Helpers

Provost Michael Bruno launches the Student Employment COVID-19 Relief initiative

Help Our Student Helpers

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, UH student employees are experiencing drastically reduced work hours, and many have no work at all. Here are ways to help.

Employers are asked to continue paying students who are on Federal Work Study (FWS) funds for the hours that the students were scheduled to work, even if they could not work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Federal government will continue to pay the students, and employers will be asked to cover the institutional portion (25%) of their pay.

But regardless of their funding source, student employees rely on wages to pay for essential needs, including their tuition—and we must support them.

UH is launching an SE (Student Employee) COVID-19 Relief initiative to keep students working at worksites in need. This will involve sponsor employers who have no work available for their current student employees but are willing to continue paying for them to work at a host site, and host employers who have work for students to do and can be responsible for supervising them (including online).

Those who are interested in hosting a student employee must not replace or take away from the work of a full-time or regular employee. The work environment must include online or in-person supervision, safe working conditions, and social distancing. Working from home is preferred.

If you are interested in sponsoring student employees to work in another department, please complete this form. If you are interested in hosting student employees, please complete this form. The forms are short and user friendly. At this time, the hope is to match students to jobs for the month of April.

Participation in the SE COVID-19 Relief Initiative is important to the thousands of Mānoa students who need our help. The Mānoa Career Center is supporting this initiative and will assist student employees and supervisors. Inquiries can be sent to careers@hawaii.edu.

For CTAHR, the Office of the Dean will be gathering information about the questions raised during last Friday’s Town Hall meeting and will provide an update as soon as possible.

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