I have found on Reddit and other forums discussing factors that effect one's admission and it is often stated that research along with letters of recommendation from supervisors can play a huge role; what would be the weight of internships held at top Tech and Finance companies with letters of recommendations from managers?

I am specifically asking about grad school (masters) admissions in North America in the field of Quantum Computing/Quantum System Engineering.

  • When I evaluate admission applications, an internship, by itself, has a small positive value. But a manager's letter could be much more valuable, if it convinces me that you have the intelligence, knowledge, work ethic, etc. to succeed in the program you're applying to. Feb 17, 2021 at 0:34
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    You can do research during internships.
    – user2768
    Feb 17, 2021 at 8:08
  • Admissions to grad school, or something else? What part of the world?
    – cag51
    Feb 18, 2021 at 17:56
  • @cag51 Yes grad school, in North America, I have added that to the question Feb 18, 2021 at 18:16

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Admissions cares about making a positive prediction of your success and whether you will make proper use of resources, along with contributing in the future. No one thing lets people make that prediction, so many, many things are taken in to consideration.

Positive indicators, including successful internships or research, help you. Negative things, such as poor grades, hurt. Letters of recommendation can be very important.

Other helpful things: Indications of hard work. Indications of working well with others and contributing. Wide interests. Flexibility. But no one thing is absolutely determinative. And individual evaluators will all have their own ideas about the "most important" thing.

So, you want your graduate school application to be filled with positive indicators so that people don't need to make decisions "at the margin" in your case.

But an internship or research experience, alone, won't assure your admission, not will its lack, assure rejection. It is one factor among many.

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