Cover letter for job shadowing(5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for job shadowing.”

Examples of cover letters for job shadowing

Shadowing is the process of following your instructor, e.g doctor throughout their entire workday and observing all the tasks they complete. When writing a cover letter for job shadowing, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the recipient with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).”
  • The next step is to introduce yourself. including your name, where you are studying, and what year of school you are in. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • Briefly explain that you are contacting the recipient for a shadowing opportunity and list any previous experience that could apply to the experience.
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for job shadowing” 

“Dear Dr. Denison,

My name is Sylvia James, and I am a fourth-year pre-med student at the University of Silverton. I hope to pursue studies in orthopedic surgery, and I became aware of your work in the field through your colleague, Dr. Yusuf. They were kind enough to provide me with your contact information.

I am contacting you to see if it would be possible to schedule a shadowing appointment with you at Rawlins Orthopedic Surgery Center. If possible, three full days would be ideal and would give me an opportunity to understand your work and your daily schedule. However, I would be very grateful to shadow for at least one day during the next four months.

I am aware that you have a very busy schedule and your time is important, and I hope to be as accommodating as possible with my schedule. Aside from the week of February 7th-13th, I can be available at any time. If you are interested in allowing me to shadow, please let me know of any times and dates that might work for your schedule.

If there is anything I can do to help facilitate this opportunity, or if you need any further information from me, please let me know. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you.


Sylvia James”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for job shadowing” 

“My name is Laurie Jones and I’m a senior at University of Portland, double majoring in Communications and Environmental Engineering. I’ve been exploring my avenues forward into a career path in Environmental Law, and I would love the opportunity to see the daily responsibilities and minutiae involved. XYZ strikes me as the perfect place to gain this experience, as a midlevel legal team with active suits against major corporations over the use of crude oil.

I would really appreciate the opportunity to job shadow you for a day, and to have the opportunity to discuss your career and higher education with you before or afterward. I understand that this is a demanding, time-consuming job, and I don’t want to bother or inconvenience you. However, this would be incredibly helpful to setting me on the right path for my future.

I appreciate any wisdom you can offer, and I will strive to accommodate any opening you might have. I will contact your office next week to see if there is a convenient time that the two of us can meet. Thank you so much for your consideration.”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for job shadowing” 

“Dear Mr./Ms. _________ [for PA – for and physician, use Dr.]

I am student at ________University and I am very interested physician assistant medicine as a future career path. I am writing you now hoping that you might be willing to let me spend a day observing you so I can learn more about this career.

If you are open to it, it would help me greatly to be able to quietly observe you as you go about your usual schedule. If possible, it would also be great if we had a few minutes at the end of the experience when I might ask a few questions about the day’s activities.  Although learning a little about medicine is always a plus, what I need most is to get a clear on what being a physician assistant is really like. 

I realize that your day is busy and your time is valuable.  To make it easier on you, I will call you the week of June 27 to check in with you and hopefully set up a time.  To reach me at any time, please feel free to contact me via phone (805) 123-3456 or via email

 Thank you so much for your time and consideration!


Kelly Lee”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for job shadowing” 

“Dear Ms. Brown,

I am currently a student at Kettle Falls High School and I am considering banking as a future career path.

A family friend, Dr. Randall Hansen of Quintessential Careers, suggested that you might be willing to let me spend a day observing you so I can learn more about banking.

I know I am asking quite a bit, but I would be extremely grateful if you allowed me to quietly observe you for a half- or full-day as you go about your usual schedule.If possible, it would be helpful if we also had a short interview toward the end of the shadowing so I could ask you any questions I might have about banking after observing your activities and actions.

Thank you so much for considering my request. I will call you the week of October 10 to see about scheduling the job shadowing.If you need to reach me before that time, please feel free to contact me via phone 000-000-0000) or via email (!

Thank you for your time and consideration


Kylie Nelson”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for job shadowing” 

“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. Kind Regards, Bucky”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of cover letters for job shadowing

How do I sell myself for any position?

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  • Prepare meaningful anecdotes. 
  • Quantify your achievements. 
  • Say the right things.

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