The UCLA Industrial Hygiene Program provides NIOSH traineeships for students intending to pursue careers in industrial hygiene. Support may be in the form of fees and/or stipend. Eligibility for an Industrial Hygiene traineeship is determined primarily by the student’s career objectives.

To be eligible you must:
1) be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien (green card holder);
2) have as a career objective the field of industrial hygiene, broadly defined;
3) take (or waive out of) all the courses given in the industrial hygiene model curriculum;
4) keep the program director informed as to your type of employment for five years after graduation.

1) Stipends are limited to eligible students working less than 50% time in off- and on- campus professional positions.
2) Fees are limited to eligible students working less than full time in off-campus professional positions.
3) Support for masters students is normally limited to a maximum of 6 quarters.
4) A first year GPA of 3.0 or better is required for second year support.
5) A minimum of 12 units is required for every quarter in residence.


Early in Winter Quarter of the 1st year, the IH Director distributes a contact list of potential internship offers based on past history. Thus in the last 5 years, students did internships with

  • The University of California Los Angeles Environmental Health & Safety learning about stressor characterization at a major university. One project included studying ventilation of empty and occupied lecture halls;   another involved indoor air quality measurements of aerosols; another revealed how ergonomic factors contributed to psychosocial stressors; and another measured formaldehyde exposure in pathology laboratories.
  • The University of California at Irvine Environmental Health & Safety measuring formaldehyde emissions from painted walls
  • The University of California at Berkeley Medical Center Environmental Health & Safety assessing hazards in the patient clinics
  • The University of California Lawrence Livermore Laboratory evaluating physical hazards like ionizing radiation, noise and human ergonomic factors
  • The Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) where one student measured the exposures to benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) expected of inspectors of underground storage tanks and another examined whether inspectors of underground storage tanks and another student mapped where violations concerning exposure to hazardous materials and hazardous waste occurred relative to socioeconomic status
  • The Tesoro oil refinery relative to workers exposed to volatile organics but with emphasis on benzene
  • A dairy that produced milk, cheese and yoghurt relative to workers exposed to stressors


The Southern California Education and Research Center gratefully acknowledges its support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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