03 October 2009

Not snapping the photograph

Whether your internship is located in a bank or a bike shop (or a bank of cubicles), you probably have an impulse to photograph it. Maybe put the image on Facebook? Maybe just send it to a friend?

Resist the urge.

1. You may have signed an agreement not to disclose the location of your internship in a public manner. (This can be especially important if you work in a location that serves clients.)

2. You may need to think through common provisions of privacy. Visual cues can invade the company's or a coworker's privacy.

3. You may need to ask, "Will an image disclose a location that makes someone vulnerable to an outsider?"

Workplace exteriors can be just as sensitive as interiors. Take a mental snapshot for your memory. Forget the recorded kind.

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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