18 October 2008

Don't Pilfer at the Internship

Pilfering is stealing...
in small amounts.

The classic example is "pilfering paper clips" from the workplace because that makes the point that the item being stolen is of small value, of and in itself.

But it's still stealing.

Ethics on the job, which includes ethics on the internship even if the work is unpaid, demands that you consciously avoid misuse and misappropriation of any part of the workplace.

Parts of the workplace:

Paper clips and other office supplies
Equipment of any kind (even overnight borrowing)
Phone lines
Internet access
And everything else!

The content on this blog is not offered as legal advice or guidance. Consult your college, advisor, or internship supervisor for help with issues surrounding internships. © 2008 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Dr. Bold is a co-author of the book Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. More about Dr. Bold can be learned at www.marybold.com

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