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Career Center, Santa Clara University
Sample Messages
Sample 1

LinkedIn email request for an informational interview:

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Dear James,

I am a senior, sociology major at Santa Clara University and member of the SCU Alumni LinkedIn Group. I came across your LinkedIn profile and wanted to reach out to you as I have a passion for community service and a desire to pursue a career in the non-profit industry.

Would you be willing to meet briefly with me or spend 15-20 minutes over coffee/tea for a quick informational interview? I would be really interested in finding out about your experiences as the Marketing Manager for the American Lung Association and would appreciate any insight and advice regarding careers in the non-profit field.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.



Sample 2

LinkedIn email request for an informational interview:

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Dear Mr. Simon,

I am an undergraduate business student at Santa Clara University, interested in entering the financial services industry when I graduate in the Spring of 20XX. I came across your LinkedIn profile in the SF Bay Area Financial Services Professionals group we are both members of and wanted to reach out to introduce myself.

Looking over your current and past positions within the finance industry, I thought you would be an excellent person to ask questions about XYZ Firm and the industry in general.

Having interned at ABC Firm as an analyst, I am now wanting to take my career in a different direction, and work on the business end within the biotech industry.

I would very much like to set up a time to speak with you, either over the phone or in person. Please let me know if this is possible. I can be reached at

Thank you for your time.

Bucky Bronco