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Informational Interviews: Sample Request and Thank-You Letter

Below are sample request and thank-you letters. Be sure to remember to be specific in your request and follow-up.

Request Letter/Email

17822 Hyperlane Court
Baltimore, MD 21250
Jan 12, XXXX

Mr. John Planner
Manager, Research and Development
Q-Rad Corporation
42 Main Street
Baltimore, MD 21228

Dear Mr. Planner:

In my desire to find a good job fit for my skills and experience, I have researched several career path options and industries where I think I could make a contribution. This summer I will graduate from UMBC with a degree in Physics and would like to talk with professionals who can share what it is like to work in this field.Your name was in a very interesting article I recently read in the Baltimore Business Journal on physicists working in the Baltimore area, and I am writing to you in the hope that you will be able to help me by either spending half an hour with me at your convenience or by recommending someone in the area.I will call you within a week to arrange a meeting or to get your advice for a referral. I understand that you are busy, and I appreciate your help. I look forward to talking with you. I can be reached at 410-555-1234.

Sincerely,

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Your name typed here

Post-Interview Thank-You Letter

22 Main Street
Baltimore, MD  21222

October 22, 20xx

XYZ Corporation, Inc.
2345 Street Lane
McLean, VA 22101

Dear Hiring Manager:

Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the internship with XYZ Corporation yesterday afternoon.  I enjoyed learning about your internship program and appreciated your insight regarding the ways I can use my skills to contribute.

The interview was extremely informative, and I enjoyed hearing the details about how research interns are oriented during the early phase of the internship.  As I mentioned, while I have participated in laboratory courses during my first year at UMBC, I am seeking opportunities to continue to further develop my research skills in a laboratory setting.  As a result of our conversation, I am very interested in working as an intern for XYZ Corporation so that I might gain the experience and learn more about my chosen field.  In exchange for this invaluable experience, I am confident I would be a productive and reliable intern.

Please contact me at (410) 555-1234, should you need any additional information. Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

(Four blank lines for your signature)
Your name typed here