The SHL offers several ways for students to learn about the environment and public-health issues.

"The Hygienic Laboratory is providing these students with an excellent opportunity to explore science-related careers while still in high school. Students who take advantage of this opportunity are better prepared to pick a college major and are more realistic about the skills they need for future success."

-- Jennifer Ott, The Workplace Learning Connection

College Students

College students who have completed the sophomore level of study (at a minimum) may consider furthering their careers with a Hygienic Laboratory internship, fellowship or practicum.

Internships & Practicums

Prepare for your next career adventure by embarking on an opportunity at the State Hygienic Laboratory.


Fellowships provide students (generally post-graduate) an opportunity to apply the technologies, methods and practices related to their field of expertise in a professional environment.

Jr. and Sr. High School Students

Student Mentorship Program

Each year through a selection process, the Hygienic Lab mentors junior high and high school students with their science projects through our Student Mentorship Program.

Meet our student mentees!
Job Shadow

The Hygienic Laboratory works with several Iowa schools to give students the opportunity to view an environmental and public health laboratory in operation. This is accomplished by following our trained staff through a portion of their work day. During these job shadowing experiences, students watch staff perform their duties in chemistry and microbiology labs, and possibly in other areas of the Hygienic Laboratory. Job shadowing for junior high and high school students may be initiated by student-career ventures such as The Workplace Learning Connection or by individual schools.

Support Student Opportunities

If you would like to make a charitable donation to support student engagement, please visit the UI Foundation giving page, or contact Beth Hochstedler.

Questions about our programs may be sent via email to Beth Hochstedler or Rick Bonar.