14 November 2009

College Intern Days Off

Two weeks before Thanksgiving (or any holiday) is a great time to ask your internship mentor or college professor about protocol for taking some time off. The operative words: two weeks before.

On your campus, professors and students may have some unwritten rules about Thanksgiving week. The most common one is "it's OK to leave campus before the holiday." The next most common rule is "you cannot leave campus before the holiday."

Your internship may not have any such expectation. In fact, your internship may be working on Thanksgiving! Or back on the job on Friday or Saturday.

As a college intern, you may be excused from the internship site for the span of days that match your campus holiday. But the responsible thing to do is to confirm that... two weeks before.

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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