the right questions
Prior to the starting date of your internship, you may find it
helpful to contact your future manager to get information that
can help you plan for the weeks or months ahead.
Some of the questions you may want to ask are:
1. What are the starting and ending dates for
2. How much and how often will I be paid and
when will I receive my first paycheck?
3. What is the dress code?
4. What hours will I be working?
5. Where should I report on the first day?
6. Is there a particular contact person I should
see when I arrive?
communications, using the proper spelling and grammar is important.
In the communications business, using the proper spelling and
grammar is imperative.
You should treat the first call, letter or e-mail prior to the
starting date of your internship like your first article or project
submission. Be sure to type, spell-check and properly date your
Ask a friend
or teacher to look over your letter or e-mail before you send it,
and if you are planning to make a telephone call, practice what
you plan to say before making the call.
and e-mail contact
and e-mail contact is more direct and informal than letter
writing, but may be unnerving for those without ample professional
experience. Letter writing is less direct and is more impersonal,
but allows you to ask a multitude of questions that may require
"looking into" in an organized, unobtrusive manner.
You have the right to ask questions before arriving on the
job, and you deserve clear-cut answers. But, whichever mode
of communication you choose, try to keep the letter, call
or e-mail to its minimum possible length. Be
respectful of others' time when you are spelling
out what you need to know, and be patient waiting for a response.
more about etiquette for telephone and e-mail contact.