smokeswirls (smokeswirls) wrote in thequestionclub,

So in late July, I got offered my dream internship via email. In the email, my interviewer asked me to give her a tentative start date so I replied and told her August 24. Then 2 weeks later, a family-related issue came up that required me to leave town from the 22nd to the 28th (so yes, I'm still out of town). I emailed her as soon as I found this out, and asked her if I could start on September 1st instead. She was totally fine with it.

Now another issue has arisen. The previous two times I wrote to my potential boss, I had housing in NYC, (the city of the internship) more or less figured out. I had plans to rent a studio with a friend. To make a long story short, she basically flaked out, screwing me over. I couldn't afford the studio alone, and at the time, I didn't know anyone else who I could potentially rent it with. So I forgot about living in that studio.

Fast forward to now: I'm frantically looking for housing when a friend who I hadn't talked to in awhile calls saying that he is also looking for housing, and plans on finding and securing a place by the end of this week. Perfect timing. We agree to live together.

Problem: Around this time, most if not all move-in dates for apartments would be September 1st, which overlaps with the start date I indicated to my future boss. Ideally, I would (and I'm sure most people would also) want to get settled into my new living space at least 2-3 days before I have to begin such commitments as work (especially after moving to a brand new city).

Question: Do you think that, in this case, it would be appropriate for me to write to my future boss, briefly explain my housing situation, and ask if I can start my internship the day after Labor Day? Or would the fact that I'm requesting more or less a third date change indicate to her that I'm flakey and unreliable?
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