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Am I burning bridges if I am applying for an internship which I am likely to turn down even if I am accepted?

Generally, you should not apply for a position you have no intention of accepting. I find it is unethical to do so; others may see it as merely impolite or even not a problem at all. That doesn't seem ...
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Do I have to acknowledge the company where I started a project when I later publish related research in college?

At least in my field, Acknowledgements are generally regarded a fairly informal mechanism. There are few rules dictating what must and mustn't go in there. However, given that mentions in the ...
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If a professor says he will not fund my internship as it will be my first visit, how can I convince him politely?

It may help to look at this from the professor's point of view: You are not a student at his university (or even a citizen of his university's country), so internal research grants are not an option (...
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Not including student who contributed very little as coauthor of paper

This doesn't seem like an especially unusual situation to me. You had a student for a fixed-term internship, during which time she pursued an angle that did not result in a publication. The student ...
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Have I offended my professor by applying to summer research at other universities?

Tell him that you do intend to participate as previously agreed, but that funding for the summer was an important consideration. If he is at all reasonable, then that should be enough. If he is ...
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I am a PhD candidate and I have been offered an internship that I want to take. My advisor objects. Should I take it anyway?

Make a decision. Do you want a PhD or not. If you do, then make that the priority. Such opportunities as the internship will probably come along later. The doctorate would probably be harder to ...
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Supervisor who accepted me for a research internship now says he doesn't know who I am

Don't read too much in to this. There are a variety of possible explanations, including a miscommunication between the PI and the person with whom you had the interview. It is also possible that the ...
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How to cite oneself as co-author without all names, for resume or presentation?

For a presentation I would use @Jan Kukacka's answer. Say in the presentation "This work was published in our 2015 paper". For a resume you've four options as I see it: List all the authors (put ...
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Can a professor do an internship?

Yes, but they are usually called "visiting researchers" or, in some cases, "residents", rather than "interns". See for example Facebook, Microsoft, or Google.
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Can a professor do an internship?

Yes, absolutely. I am not able to answer for every discipline and country, but this is common in many places. There are company schemes, government schemes, charitable schemes and university funded ...
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Faux pas to send personal email along with letter of reference?

TLDR: not a faux pas, if done with appropriate tact and consideration of the ethical issues underlying this situation. Long answer: We should distinguish between sending an informal email outside the ...
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Not including student who contributed very little as coauthor of paper

A couple of things jumped out at me about the question that I don't think have been sufficiently addressed in the other answers: This is a graduate student who was early enough in the program that ...
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Is it too late to ask the faculty for a summer research internship position?

No, it's not too late to ask. But whether it is too late to get one depends on the local situation and so we can't help with that. So, ask. If you don't ask you won't get one. There is a Chinese ...
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Can I intern at my own company?

can I take an internship at my own company during that time? As a matter of pure semantics, I think the answer is that you cannot logically intern at your own company, in the sense that being a ...
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Canadian citizen seeking research opportunity in an American Laboratory

This sounds to me like a very, very bad idea to pursue. student in Biology ... he's interested in hiring me ... he will not be paying me for my work Yes, it can be normal in biology for ...
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Should I call professors on their office phone for inquiring about research internship opportunities?

What's an "office phone"? We used to have these white (sometimes black) boxes with buttons on them many years ago, but the last round of budget cuts took them away. I don't think many people noticed ...
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Doing two summer research internships at the same time?

Based on my experience in math in the U.S., you should probably give up one of them. The point is not "can you do the work?", but that such internships have a broader point that is not just ...
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How to cite oneself as co-author without all names, for resume or presentation?

I was recently facing the same struggle. For the purpose of a resume, I decided to write the full list of authors. A presentation is a bit different matter: it does not give you so much space for ...
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Doing two summer research internships at the same time?

It would only seem proper if everyone is informed of the situation. If everyone agrees, and you can do the work, then I see no problem. But I doubt that either of the two institutions would agree. You ...
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Not including student who contributed very little as coauthor of paper

You should have been clearer about the problem earlier on. Several months ago you could have said that she needs to contribute to the calculations or else she can’t be a coauthor. Removing someone ...
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Have I offended my professor by applying to summer research at other universities?

From the information you provide, your request looks reasonable. This is probably just a misunderstanding, and definitely a terrible (over)reaction from the prof: sending your private email to other ...
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Is it fine to email several people regarding internship programs and potentially have to turn down one?

Yes, in fact this is very normal. People (both students & supervisors) know the chances of any one opportunity happening is low, hence students apply to multiple positions at the same time. See ...
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Understanding the value of short-term undergraduate internships for host universities and professors

To add a bit to the answer of Maarten Buis, such things give students a "taste" of research, but not an opportunity for independent research per se. That taste can help students decide on ...
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Unsure if I am the best fit to write a Recommendation Letter for a Research Internship

You should be fine as a letter writer as long as the student has someone with whom they have done research who will also write for them. Not every writer needs to be a research supervisor and one or ...
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If a professor says he will not fund my internship as it will be my first visit, how can I convince him politely?

He does not know you. He does not know how well you work. He would have to give the money to you, who comes with unknown background, rather than to a student from his course who he knows is capable. ...
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Can you contact a professor whom you have never met to inquire about a RA opportunity?

All of us get such emails all the time -- I get about 1-2 per week. Anecdotally, most professors just delete these answers, whereas some (myself included) at least cursorily look at the usually ...
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Who should fund conference trips based on internship research?

I am an employee of one of those big, wealthy companies (henceforth BWC), and believe me, I feel your pain. I already find it great that BWC would let your students publish their research, I can tell ...
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How to cite oneself as co-author without all names, for resume or presentation?

Another option is to omit the authors between the first author and your position: First Author, [...], Your Name, et al., 2015: Marvelous publication` But I would only recommend this in scenarios ...
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Is it ethical / legal for a PhD student to advertise that he is awarding PhD degrees to other students that pay him 200 USD/month?

This sounds like a straight up pyramid scheme. It may or may not be "legal" in your country but it's not a legitimate company. Run away from this.
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