UT’s PARALEGAL STUDIES INTERNSHIPIntroductionAs a representative of The University of Toledo and the Paralegal Studies Program, youstand not only for yourself, but also for UT and the Paralegal Studies Program as a whole.Your behavior, attitude and work ethic continue to set the tone for the internship program.If you are mature, poised, courteous, and respectful of your coworkers, your internshipplacement will extend this invitation to other paralegal interns who will follow in yourfootsteps. Likewise, if you are rude, insolent or inconsiderate to your internshipsupervisor’s needs or the needs of their clients, you may be out of a “job” shortly, you mayjeopardize your degree completion, and you may ruin the chances of other students tointern at this placement in the future. The following information is provided to give youinformation that will assist you in preparing for a wonderful, rewarding internshipexperience.Etiquette in the WorkplaceAlthough many people consider their technical skills and intelligence to be their mostimportant job qualifications, many employers consider the ability to get along well withcolleagues andclients even more important. In the workplace, being well manneredmeans one thing above all else: respecting others and treating them with courtesy – nomatter what!In the workplace, manners are addressed in many different ways. You should do thefollowing:Respect the company’s culture. Take note of your supervisor and otheremployees and emulate their behavior.Respect rank and treat it appropriately. Most companies have a hierarchy. Learnwhat it is and what each level requires from you.Respect the privacy of others and be courteous to them.Respect others’ views and avoid disagreements. When they do arise, handlethem gracefully. People’s religious, political, moral, and lifestyle opinions differ.Acknowledge that and refrain from imposing yours on them.Developing Relationships QuicklyYou can do many things in a working environment to irritate other people, just as youcan do many things to make yourself a prized worker who is an integral member of a
team. Your goal in the internship should be to make the internship supervisor think theycan’t do without you!You can quickly, very quickly, get a reputation on the job as someone who is a hardworker, takes directions well, is a team player, etc. One of the keys to workplaceetiquette is to pay enough attention to others to be able to modify your behavior toaccommodate them. In other words, people have different personality types; the moreobservant you are and the quicker you identify that, the easier it will be for you tocommunicate with those individuals. Here are some tips to master:Learn the names of all people you will interact with on a daily basis. Unless youare told otherwise, address everyone by Mr. Mrs. (married) Miss (unmarried) Ms.