Sample Informational Interview Request Letter

These are letters addressed to individuals you would like to meet with to explore a career option.  Make it clear you want only 30 minutes of time and that you are not asking for employment, only an informational interview that will help guide your job search.

Sample 1

Your Address
City, State Zip

Current Date

Laura Arnold
Bricker & Eckler
100 South Third Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Ms. Arnold:

Linda Jones, Director of Career Services at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law suggested I contact you given my interest in exploring a career advocating for students with disabilities. I would appreciate the opportunity to spend 30 minutes with you for an informational interview to help guide my curricular and career decisions.  Enclosed is a resume to give you a sense of my background.

Thank you for your consideration. You have done what I hope to do:  graduate from the Moritz College of Law and develop a successful and rewarding education law practice. Any guidance you may provide would be most appreciated.

Sincerely,

Jason Lyons

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Sample 2

Your Address
City, State Zip

Current Date

Ernie Zimmerman
Littler Mendelson
21 East State Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Mr. Zimmerman:

In my research of firms which have exemplary reputations in the employment law area, I discovered Littler Mendelson.  I see that your practice includes representing both small, family-owned businesses, as well as larger corporations.  I am very interested in pursuing a career in employment law and would love to speak with you about your practice and any tips you might have as I choose courses and make summer internship decisions.

I am requesting an informational interview and would only take about 30 minutes of your time.  I hope to get a sense for what your practice is like and what a typical day entails at your firm.  I am attaching my resume so you have context on my background before coming to The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

I can be very flexible with my schedule to match your availability.  My contact information is on my resume, in case you have any questions.  I look forward to hearing from you and to meeting in person soon.

Sincerely,

Beth Brown

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Sample 3

Your Address
City, State Zip

Current Date

Harriet Jones
The Boston Law Firm
123 North Dearborn
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Dear Ms. Jones

I am a second year student at The Ohio  State University Moritz College of Law, planning to move to Boston upon graduation to begin my legal practice.  As a Moritz alumna working in Boston, I was hoping to talk with you about the legal market and opportunities in Boston.

I will be coming home over the upcoming holiday break from December 19 through January 5, and would appreciate the opportunity to spend 30 minutes with you for an informational interview.  Enclosed is my resume to give you a sense of my experience.

Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to hearing from you, and hope to meet you in person soon.

Sincerely,

Sally Student

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