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Subject: Cornell student seeking advice about careers in policy Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. (Lee),

As a sophomore government major at Cornell, I’m hoping to speak with you about careers in policy. I found your profile on LinkedIn and see that you interned at CompanyX and now work as a policy analyst for OrganizationY. I would love to learn more about your career path and hopefully gain insight into the next steps for pursuing a career in policy. Would you be available to meet for coffee (or chat on the phone) sometime in the next few weeks? I can meet at your office or a nearby coffee shop.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards,

Cynthia Smith