If a Professor has explicitly stated that he is open to being a reference for a summer scholarship application, would it be reasonable to assume that he would be alright with the same candidate citing him as a reference for future employment?

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    It is at least likely, but is there any reason not to confirm this with a quick email? It's generally a bad idea not to let your references know that they might get a call.
    – nengel
    Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 12:17
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    I tell my students, "You have to let me know before you give my name as a reference. Otherwise, I might think they're trying to sell me something and blow them off."
    – Bob Brown
    Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 17:29

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Honestly, you should make no assumptions about what other people think, whatever we are talking about. People are just too very different.

I think that you should ask your professor, simply as that.

And good luck for you!

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