I have asked a professor for summer reading project(he agreed). Later, I was also selected for summer internship programme a top institute in the country, how do I tell the professor that I don’t do the summer reading project and want to go there?

The professor is a very chilled guy in person to the people he knows. I have barely talked to him. He knows that I exist on earth and that’s all. I don’t want to sound like a poser. Please help me.

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    What answer are you expecting other than "tell him politely"? – Azor Ahai -- he him Apr 26 '19 at 18:25

These sorts of things are best handled face to face, not by email which is less personal. Go see him. Tell him about the situation and that it is an opportunity that you don't think you can pass up. Thank him for his help and interest. Let him know that your project will need to wait or be abandoned for you to do this internship.

If he is doing his job properly, then he will support you. And the face-to-face can actually strengthen your relationship for the future.

You can, of course, say all those things in an email, but it won't have the same effect or impact.

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  • I am not in the university and He’s not university. So that’s also a problem. – Andy L Apr 26 '19 at 12:45

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