When you are reaching out to professionals, you want to start by introducing yourself and your common interests. Then you want to ask if they would be willing to meet with you for 30 minutes or so to answer some questions about their company/organization and career path. Most people are happy to help and share their stories and expertise. If you do run into someone who’s not, simply move on and find someone else to contact. For more information, read Tips for Informational Interviews and Job Shadows.
Hello First and Last Name,
My name is Juliene and I am a current student at OSU-Cascades in the Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership program. I am very interested in learning more about what you do for a career and potentially working for a company like Sun Country Tours in the future. Would you be willing to meet with me, either in person or virtually, for 20 to 30 minutes to answer a few questions about your career path and company? I would greatly appreciate any advice that you might have for me as I explore opportunities in the tourism industry.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.