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Interview Request Letter Dissertation Outline

Hampshire College Box 6
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
hturner@hampshire.edu
(413) 559-9999

March 3, 2009

Dr. Maya Valern, Director
National Conference for Community and Justice
Connecticut/Western Massachusetts Region
780 Prospect Hill Road
Windsor, CT 06095

Dear Dr. Valern:

My professor, Helen Gregory, recommended that I contact you. I am graduating from Hampshire College in May of 2005 and am very interested in doing advocacy work for individuals and communities who have been consistently targeted by oppression. I have visited the NCCJ website and am excited by your organization's commitment to increasing understanding and celebrating diversity through education and conflict resolution. Your experience in this field has led me to seek your advice about a career in this field.

Since the spring of 2002, I have led an educational/dialogue group for White Students Against Racism. Three other women and I who studied with Kathy Simon in her Psychology of Racism course founded the group. Through that course and another, Intergroup Dialogue, I gained an understanding of how institutionalized racism functions within our society, and discovered how I, as a white ally, could actively work for change from a position of power. After learning the methods of informed dialogue and active listening, I gained experience with analyzing and resolving conflict issues in a group setting. Working at a small neighborhood non-profit association taught me about the effectiveness of compromise when an organization is attempting to simultaneously improve a district and satisfy the needs of a diverse group of community stakeholders. The enjoyment and knowledge I gained from these experiences influenced my decision to pursue anti-racist advocacy
as a career.

I am hoping that you might find some time to meet with me, to discuss careers in anti-racism with a focus on community advocacy. I would greatly appreciate any advice you could give me. I have enclosed my resume to give you a better idea of my background thus far. I will be calling you within the next week to ask about the possibility of setting up a time for us to talk in person.

Sincerely,


Holly Turner

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

Enclosure

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

Attachment

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

Enclosure

 

 

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