Below is a sample letter requesting an informational interview.
The content that makes up the letter could also be used in an email requesting an informational interview. If you send an informational interview request via email, do not include the addressee's contact information at the top of the email. DO include your contact information at the close of the email (name; title, if applicable; phone number; email address; any relevant URL, such as your LinkedIn URL.
Also, use the email's subject heading section to clearly state what the body of your email holds. For example: Informational Interview Request from Sean McCallum
Now, on to the informational interview sample letter!
Mark Steppe, Esq.
Vavilo, Webb, Walsh & River
1313 Avenue of the Harbors
Silver City, CA 12345
Dear Mr. Steppe,
My name is Sean McCallum, and I am a senior year grad student at the California Western School of Law. Labor law has been of interest to me since I took a class in that subject as an undergraduate. Your firm has an outstanding reputation in that field of practice.
My area of concentration in law school has been labor law, and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you briefly to discuss the practice of your specialty. I am especially interested in your views regarding public vs. private employment experience. Any further insights you have would be greatly appreciated.
Feel free to reach out to me at your earliest convenience if you're able to find time to meet with me. I promise to not take too much of your time!
Thank you so much,
If someone has referred you to another person for an informational interview, read this article: Sample Referral Letter Requesting an Informational Interview. Also learn how to request an informational interview in person or over the phone.