01 November 2008

College Intern: Professional Communication ... Everywhere!

Professional communication is the goal in all settings. Public restrooms, as well as more private staff restrooms, are not good places to exchange opinions, personal information, or gossip. They are also not good places to make cell phone calls. Internship sites are a bit like theatre: you are always "on stage" and in the public eye.

Maintain your professional persona in the neighborhood of the internship site, too. Lunch spots, nearby shopping outlets, coffee shops—all are locations that coworkers or clients may frequent. You may not immediately recognize these people out of the context of the internship, so be alert to people who do recognize you.

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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