what should I say to parents who are job-searching on behalf of their kids?

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A reader writes: As part of my daily duties, I manage interns and volunteers for the nonprofit I work for. Recently, I’ve had a few interns “apply” by having their parents contact us first and say that their son or daughter “is seeking an internship.” I am not clear whether the parents are doing this of their own volition or whether the students (they are in college) are simply too lazy or shy to contact us directly to start with. I don’t want to be judgmental, but it is off-putting to have people nearly 20 and/or older have their parents communicate for them, and follow up for them in addition to that (one we followed up with directly and his father emailed us to follow up later after we had asked the potential intern to fill out an application and contact us when he returns from school, etc.). What are your thoughts on this? . . .

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