25 July 2009

Golly, I have no idea.

Research suggests that gossip plays an important and even positive role in human communication. That's just great. But for interns, gossip has no up-side.

The smart intern eschews gossip. That means not participating.

A sure-fire way to avoid being pulled in is to answer the question, "What do you think of that?!?" with, "Golly, I have no idea."

With that answer, you haven't fueled the gossip with an opinion. And you haven't given any lectures about gossiping. And since you have no new information to offer, the gossipers will start leaving you out of the conversation.

And that's the safe place for an intern to be.

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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