It can be intimidating to initially reach out to a potential field site, but your perseverance will pay off in the end! We recommend reaching out in a different way if you do not get a response on your first attempt (i.e. a phone call if you do not get a response via email after waiting an appropriate length of time). Please find some tips below to assist you in knowing how to prepare and what to say when reaching out:
- Do your homework: make sure you brush up on what the Walden requirements are and how this placement would fit those requirements. Also, make sure to do some background research on the site!
- Make an appointment with Career Services for additional insight and tips
- Say "Thank you!"
- Optimal Resume: check out sample letters in the Letter Builder under "Field Experience Inquiry"
- Proofread: Make sure your spelling and punctuation are correct!
- Let the site know why you are interested in them in particular - what is it about them that makes you excited to be a part of it?
- How would you contribute? How would your knowledge and experience help you make a good addition to the site?
- Know who to contact: If the site does not have a direct number for internship inquiries, you would need to state what you are interested in and ask for the appropriate contact person.
- Example: "Hello, my name is ____ and I am interested in a (practicum/internship) at (site name) for the (quarter). Do you know who I might speak to?"
- Be prepared: have a good sense of what you are going to say before picking up the phone (see tips above).
- Take a deep breath and envision this first contact going well.
- Be sure to leave a voice message if you do not get an answer. Let them know what you are interested in and what the start date for your potential field experience would be. Give contact information.