Academic Internships Office

Tips on Professional Integrity

Here are some practical suggestions to enhance your awareness of professional behavior and a foundation for professional, ethical decision making.

  1. Confidentiality – do not divulge personal client information
    • Protect the integrity, safety, and security of client records. All written client information that is shared with other professionals, except in the course of professional supervision, must have the prior consent of the agency you are working for.
    • If you desire to use your recorded notes from your daily work for your academic reports, you must obtain in writing the permission of your agency to do so. If you are not given permission, do not use the notes. Your supervisor will know what is allowed.
  2. Tell someone when something is out of the ordinary or if a questionable situation or accident occurs. Make a note of the unusual situation or accident.
    • Note date, time and location
    • Inform the appropriate person at your workplace
    • Cooperate with staff in completing any report forms required
    • Obtain a signature in addition to your own on anything you submit
    • Keep a copy for yourself.
  3. Anticipate
    • Think through situations and activities to prevent confrontations, aggressive behavior, and accidents
    • If you detect signs of aggression, talk with other staff or supervisor about it and ask for guidance on how to handle an aggressive occurrence
    • Remove yourself from any questionable or uncomfortable situations. Listen to your feelings and do not discount them.
  4. Verbal and Written Reports
    • Be honest in your verbal and written reports and in all interactions
    • Reports must be objective and specific; be sure to include dates and times
    • Use a positive tone in written reports and in voice; of course, avoid plagiarism and respect copyrights. Never use vulgar terms or demeaning vocabulary.
  5. If you are unsure if you should do something, think it through and check with your supervisor first.
  6. Develop a good, trusting relationship with co-workers. Talking and communicating with supervisors, other staff, and interns is important.

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