Shelby, a senior Social Work major, is interning at Backus Hospital in the Care Management Department. At her internship she does bio-psycho-social assessments on patients that may need services outside the hospital. Shelby then refers, registers and sets the patients up with outside facility placements (such as nursing rehabilitation facilities) and transportation. Her co-op is utilizing the skills she has learned at Eastern to be a generalist social work practitioner.
Shelby's internship is giving her the foundation she needs before heading to graduate school for a Masters in Social Work. Having an internship in a hospital also gives Shelby the experience she will need to pursue a career in the medical field of social work.
The advice Shelby would give other students is to go on multiple interviews at possible internship locations. Questions about the job or experience you will have can be answered through an interview. She also says to go above the minimum job requirements at the internship; your performance can lead to great recommendations, networking, and even a job upon graduating.
Story by: Morgan Gerardi