Interpreter internship program
This paper discusses the need for employer internship opportunities that are based on employer-community partnerships. Interpreter graduates lack the experience necessary to allow them to successfully make the transition between interpreting student and working community interpreter. The failure to make this transition impedes the professionalisation of the field as interpreters with widely varying skills are providing service in the community. The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), an organization serving Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing consumers, has developed and piloted an Interpreter Internship Program. Unlike a placement opportunity, interns are graduates from interpreter training programs hired by the agency. The process of establishing such a program, developing curriculum and blending formal training with hands on experience is highlighted. Discussion will focus on initial outcomes and lessons learned.