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Should I contact the organization?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 08, 2017 1:01 pm

So I was hired to work at a non-profit this summer, and they never provided details about my start date. I sent them a brief email in early-April asking when they wanted me to start. They said that they would "be in touch with the details of my start date." Now, it's been a month, and I haven't heard anything from them.

Should I email again asking about my start date? I don't want to be a nuisance, but I mean I kind of need to know my start date...or should I just continue waiting?

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Re: Should I contact the organization?

Postby RCSOB657 » Mon May 08, 2017 1:11 pm

Probably

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Re: Should I contact the organization?

Postby Mickfromgm » Mon May 08, 2017 2:57 pm

Not-for-profits are often understaffed so expect them to be very slow with admin stuff at times.

If I were you, I'd just call (not email) the person over there that you have been dealing with. You've waited like 4-5 weeks already - you are surely not pestering. If you say something like, "I am terribly sorry to bother you, I know you told us a few weeks ago that you'd be in touch as we get closer to summer, and you must be extremely busy. However, I have to make [living arrangements, travel plans, whatever] very soon. Have you decided on the start dates yet? If you haven't, I can follow up with you in a week." No reasonable person would be offended by that.

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Re: Should I contact the organization?

Postby Whyjd » Mon May 08, 2017 3:25 pm

Alternative option: Decide on a start date that would suit you, and message them to ask if it works for them. The less emailing back and forth, the better.

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Re: Should I contact the organization?

Postby albanach » Mon May 08, 2017 3:43 pm

Whyjd wrote:Alternative option: Decide on a start date that would suit you, and message them to ask if it works for them. The less emailing back and forth, the better.


If they're taking on more than one or two interns/law clerks, there's probably some onboarding process and therefore there will be a start date.

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Re: Should I contact the organization?

Postby Whyjd » Mon May 08, 2017 6:39 pm

albanach wrote:
Whyjd wrote:Alternative option: Decide on a start date that would suit you, and message them to ask if it works for them. The less emailing back and forth, the better.


If they're taking on more than one or two interns/law clerks, there's probably some onboarding process and therefore there will be a start date.


If they were organized enough for that, it seems like they would have already been in contact.

Or, you suggest a date and see if they had a specific date in mind in the same email. I've had internships with 5+ and we started when we could.



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