1 good reco here would mean that it is not a strong one but might talk about my abilities and skills based on a short internship. Is it necessary to have all 3 strong LORs? I might have asked one of my professors for one but I chose to go with my internship advisor (though it may not be a very strong LOR) because it would help the admissions committee understand my acumen outside classroom setting.

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You need to send in the letters that give the best impression of you, based on what is important to the admissions committee.

For example if you are applying to a thesis based program at a top school and your proposed research area is theoretical and your three strong letters are from well respected academics, I would use those.

If on the other hand you are applying for a non-thesis based more applied program or are applying for an assistantship; your work ethic will be of interest to the committee. I would use the internship supervisor letter.

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