Internships at Reliable Hospice

Did you know Reliable Hospice has an internship program with Cal State University Long Beach? CSULB social work students can spend a year interacting with our full-time licensed medical social workers and our patients, learning about the ins and outs of hospice and palliative care. Carolina Solano is a CSULB student, and is this year’s Reliable Hospice intern! We love having her in our office and with our patients. Here’s what she has to say about her experience:

1. What has your experience been like as an social work intern for Reliable Hospice, and what is one thing you’ve learned thus far?

My experience as a social work intern for Reliable Hospice has been very rewarding.  I have had the privilege to work side-by-side with a very passionate multidisciplinary team.  In doing so, I have learned how to work more effectively with patients and families during a very sensitive time in their lives.

2. What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?

The most rewarding part of my internship is getting to know the patients’ stories.  Getting a glimpse inside of the patients’ lives, and sharing in what could be their last moments, is truly a gift in itself.

3. Has your experience in this internship adjusted and/or confirmed your career plans for after college?

My experience in this internship has definitely confirmed my post college career plans. Before I started my journey with Reliable Hospice, I saw myself as a school social worker, but after having experienced hospice, I would like to work as a medical social worker.  I want to continue to help support patients and families through challenging moments where I can implement the skills I have learned at Reliable Hospice.

4. What is your advice to anyone considering a CSULB internship with Reliable Hospice?

My advice to anyone considering a CSULB internship with Reliable Hospice is to come with an open heart.  The patients may not remember me from week to week but I can truly say the work I have done with hospice patients will definitely leave an imprint in my heart.