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I talked to a professor in a top US university and he asked me to apply but he said finally admission committee decides. If I go to his lab for a summer internship, is it OK to ask for a recommendation letter?

The point is that I'm applying for his position so I thought maybe his own recommendation letter works well!

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Yes! Definitely! I worked for my eventual PhD supervisor as an undergrad for a semester before I applied to grad school. He wrote me a recommendation letter, and I got in.

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    Seconded: a recommendation letter from within the department you're applying to is a wonderful thing. – jakebeal Jun 28 '15 at 14:06

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