Student Professional Development Center

Informational Interviews

Sample Telephone Script Requesting An Informational Interview

Hello. My name is Jane Wilson and I'm a junior majoring in Sociology at Elon University. I heard you speak at an event sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America last semester. Although I am not currently looking for a job, I have become very interested in public relations and would like to find out as much as I can about the field. Would it be possible to schedule 20 or 30 minutes with you at your convenience to ask you a few questions and get your advice on how best to prepare to enter the field?

Sample Email Requesting An Informational Interview

To: Karen Doe <kdoe@disney.com>
From: Jane Wilson <jwilson123@elon.edu>
Subject: Informational Interview
Date: May 19, 2009
Dear Ms. Doe:
I am a junior majoring in Foreign Languages with a minor in Human Services at Elon University and spoke with you briefly at Elon’s Career & Graduate School Fair in March.
Although I am not currently looking for a job, I am very interested in learning all I can about typical career paths in the field of tourism and what skills I may need to develop during my last year at Elon.  I would greatly appreciate 15 to 20 minutes of your time to ask you a few questions about your position as Internship Coordinator with Disney, as well as other opportunities in the field.
Thank you for your consideration.  I will contact you next week to arrange a convenient time to speak with you.
Jane Wilson
1234 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244