14 February 2009

Photographing Your Internship

You may have the urge to document your internship with photos, video, or other representation of the site. You may even have the perfect camera or cell phone to accomplish that task.

But wait. You may need permission. And you may not be allowed.

Like all of your activities at the internship site, photography (and video making and sound recording) require the awareness of your supervisor. Ask before you even bring a camera to the site because you might learn there's a restriction about what equipment you can bring to work. (Granted, the built-in camera in a cell phone would defy such a restriction. But then some places restrict cell phones!)

Reasons for not allowing photography/recording:

  • Privacy/safety of clients
  • Security of the building
  • Confidentiality of business practices
Ask before you photograph!

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. © 2009 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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