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Asking for a Letter of Recommendation for AI research

I've been doing a research project on artificial intelligence (AI) and I'm applying for a summer internship in the same field. How should I approach my teacher to get a strong letter of recommendation that highlights my work in AI? Any tips and suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

6 months ago

First of all, congratulations on working on an AI research project! To get a strong letter of recommendation, it's important to approach a teacher who is familiar with you, your academic abilities, and, ideally, your work in AI. Here are some step-by-step tips on how to get a great letter of recommendation:

1. Identify the most suitable teacher: Choose a teacher who has taught you in a relevant subject, such as computer science, math, or a related field. Ideally, they have witnessed your work on the AI project or are at least familiar with your passion for the field.

2. Plan a meeting: Schedule a meeting with the chosen teacher to discuss your request. This could be a virtual meeting, an in-person meeting, or even just a chat after class. Give them advance notice and choose a time that is convenient for both of you, though.

3. Clearly explain your purpose: During the meeting, explain the significance of the summer internship, the relevance of AI to your future plans, and why you believe their recommendation would be valuable. Make sure to mention specific aspects of your AI project that you'd like them to highlight in the letter.

4. Provide necessary information: Prepare a packet of relevant information for the teacher, including your resume, a brief description of the AI project, the internship description, and any other information or work samples that showcase your skills in AI. Include a list of your most significant achievements and skills that you'd like them to emphasize in the letter.

5. Set a deadline: Set a reasonable deadline for submitting the letter (at least 2-3 weeks before the application deadline) and offer to send them a friendly reminder a week before it's due.

6. Show your appreciation: After they have agreed to write the letter, don't forget to express your gratitude. Write a thank-you note or email once the letter is complete (you can read about how to do so on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-thank-teachers-who-wrote-recommendation-letters), and make sure to keep them updated on your internship application outcome.

By following these tips, you should be able to get a strong and compelling letter of recommendation that emphasizes your AI research and makes you stand out as an excellent candidate for the summer internship. Good luck!

6 months ago

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