I was looking for a summer internship at a university as an undergraduate student. A few days ago I received an email from a professor expressing his interest in having me into his group. I replied. But now it's been nearly a week and I haven't received any responce. I am not sure of the reason. Maybe the professor is simply too busy. I understand that but I really need to schedule my summer plans now. How should I write an appropriate reminder email?

  • What is urgent to you is not a priority matter for them. Have some patience.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Feb 2, 2020 at 15:40
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    @SolarMike I understand what you are saying. Still, I want to send a reminder in a way that it doesn't look like I am rushing him. How should I start?
    – rsch
    Commented Feb 2, 2020 at 15:42

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While the comment of Solar Mike is correct (patience), and you don't want to be a pest, there is one thing you can do that would be useful in any case.

Send a mail asking for any help on getting an early start. Are there papers you should read, for example? That keeps you in the mind of the professor, advances your cause, but also gives you something to do that can increase your knowledge.

But "nearly a week" is a nano-second in academic time.

  • Thank you. I think this is a very clever solution.
    – rsch
    Commented Feb 2, 2020 at 17:11

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