Initial Shadow Request E-mail
The following template is designed to help you compose an e-mail to
request an opportunity to shadow and/or conduct an informational
interview. Where there are blanks, fill in the appropriate information that is
specific to the person you are contacting. Feel free to personalize the
language, but keep it professional. Read over the text once before you
send the e-mail to make sure that there aren’t any typos and that you
haven’t left in any text from the template that shouldn’t be included.
Dear Dr./Ms./Mr. __________:
My name is Bucky Badger, and I am currently a [year in school] at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am in the process of exploring careers
in healthcare and I am very interested in the field of (e.g., dentistry,
occupational therapy, pediatric oncology, etc.) __________. I am in the
process of seeking out opportunities for shadowing and informational
interviewing in order to better understand what it is like to be a
__________. I found your e-mail through the __________ website (Or,
alternatively, I was given your contact information by your colleague,
__________). If you are willing and your hospital/clinic/office allows
students to shadow, I would welcome an opportunity to observe you work.
I would also value the opportunity to have a short conversation over
coffee or tea (my treat!) to hear more about your experiences and to get
your advice on how to prepare for a career in __________.
I realize that you are busy and that your time is valuable. If you have any
questions or concerns, you can reach me by e-mail or phone (###-###-
Thank you for your help.