ASLIS works to cater each intern’s experience to fulfill the area(s) of interpreting the intern is interested in being trained in. This is a freelance internship so the intern can expect to experience a variety of settings. Some experiences may include; post-secondary education, business, community/county, medical, and theatrical/performance. Note: not all situations or locations will allow interns.
Interns will work with Internship Coordinator, Katie Johnson, to set their schedule and complete an orientation session. Interns will go out on freelance jobs with a qualified Interpreter Mentor (for observation or hands-up teaming). The intern will complete periodical evaluations and follow up closely with ASLIS regarding scheduling and internship goals. It is recommended for the intern to work with an ASL Mentor during their internship and to attend community events and workshops. Interns are expected to work on their own to prepare in advance for each assignment.
The number of internship hours vary based on the intern’s school requirements. A typical internship is between 200-400 hours. Some interns may complete a pre-internship clinical consisting of 100 hours of observation only. Post-graduation mentorship hours will be negotiated with the mentee.
The length of time needed to complete an internship varies based on the intern’s needs, school requirement, and intern’s availability. Some interns may choose to focus solely on internship and may complete their hours in as little as 10 weeks. Other interns may be balancing classes and work during internship and may split their hours over several semesters. For a lengthier internship two semesters are recommended.
Trusted Health Care Interpreting Resources
Mission: To provide resources and learning opportunities in American Sign Language & English for Interpreters and Educators related to healthcare settings