Student Job Shadows

We understand the value and interest in career exploration and job shadowing to help you gain useful information about the skills and education required for various health sciences careers. Only those that are 18 and older are allowed to job shadow within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Job Shadowing

Job Shadowing for High School Students

Individual job shadows are not available for high school students (or anyone under the age of 18) at University of Iowa Health Care. We encourage students to participate in the STEM group experiences with a school group or local organization or to attend the Mini Medical School or Community Seminars.

Individual students living in Cedar, Benton, Iowa, Jones, Linn, Johnson and Washington counties may be able to participate in a group day that is coordinated through their school and Workplace Learning Connection or call (319) 398-1040.

Current group days offered in partnership with UI Health Care and Workplace Learning Connection include: Mini Med School Day, Child Development/Child Life Day, Genetics Day; Pathology Day and Research Scientist Day.

Students should contact their high school counselor and ask about the Workplace Learning Connection job shadow programs and group days available.

Job Shadowing for College Students or those 18 and older

Job shadow programs are available at UI Hospitals and Clinics for students who are 18 years of age and older and in a formal programs of career exploration or who are seriously considering a health care career. If you are a college student that needs to have job shadow experiences for your degree requirements, you may be able to shadow various staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics depending on the department and various rules and regulations within that department.

Students will be required to complete all necessary paperwork to qualify for the experience including health screening form, confidentiality statement and meet all requirements expectations of the department or area in which they are shadowing.

Job Shadowing is typically not allowed in critical care areas such as: Surgical Intensive Care Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Burn Unit, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, or areas such as Psychiatric units.

Students are asked to contact specific departments within University of Iowa Health Care in which they would like to shadow. Departmental human resource representatives will instruct the students on the likelihood of a job shadow in that department and on further paperwork required.

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Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Students as young as 14 can volunteer at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics through a variety of programs including Junior Volunteers or College Student Volunteers to help them prepare for a career in the health sciences. Contact Volunteer Services or call (319) 356-2515.