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Academic vs employment reference

Hi! I need 2 references for my master's application. One needs to be academic, while the other can be either academic or employment. I have one from my dis supervisor and I am not sure what to do about the other one. There is one professor who agreed to give me a reference but I haven't talked to him really, and I could potentially ask my manager from my software engineering internship (which is somewhat related because I am applying for ML/AI). Which one would you choose if you were me?
Honestly the answer is whoever you think will be able to describe you best.
A lot of this does depend on the tone that you would prefer for it to be written in and what qualities of yourself you feel someone will best capture.
Overall, remember it is for an academic purpose so the more professional the better.
Best of luck,
Meg 🙂
MA Popular Music Student.

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