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In the Interpreter Apprenticeship Program, you will:

  • Work under the guidance of an RIT interpreter
  • Experience a variety of assignments
  • Attend professional development
  • Receive payment for interpreting up to 20 hours per week
  • Interact and network with more than 120 RIT interpreters
  • For additional details and full job description

Applicants must demonstrate skill in transliterating and interpreting (Sign Language to spoken English / spoken English to Sign Language) and be committed to developing their skills. You must be able to interpret a minimum of 10 hours per week of college-level material on your own.

Applicants must be organized, flexible, personable, able to work with a variety of personalities, resourceful, assertive, and professional in both dress and demeanor.

The Interpreter Apprenticeship Program requires actual interpreting experiences; it is not solely for observations of interpreters.

Apprenticeship Calendar

We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2019 / 2020 Semester.  If you wish to apply for our Spring 2019 / 2020 Semester, application and materials are due by November 1, 2019. The RIT calendar can be viewed here. Apprenticeships are most often granted for one semester. Exceptions can be made for apprenticeships that are less than one semester. The Department of Access Services does not accept apprenticeships during summer. 

Apprenticeship Experience

The Department of Access Services (DAS) will provide an apprenticeship experience that exceeds the goals we set with you prior to starting your apprenticeship.

NTID Apprenticeship Program Requirements: Work 30 hours per week, including: 15 - 20 hours of interpreting and 10-15 additional hours in preparation for assignments, meeting with your mentor, attending team and department meetings, observing of other interpreters, and in professional development.

Apprentices are paid for hours spent interpreting. The apprentice will be paid for hours spent at required meetings. Rate of pay will be commensurate with skill/experience/training.  The rate of pay will be determined by your manager using our skills assessment process. 





Housing and Transportation

There are a limited number of on-campus apartments available.  There are some staff members who open their houses to Apprentices. Please indicate need for housing on Application Form.

If you are living off campus, bringing personal transportation (car) is strongly encouraged.

Fill out the application form.

Interpreter Apprentice - Brian Haak

"Not only did the apprenticeship experience bridge the gap between the prescriptive world of an ITP with the descriptive pragmatism of the real world working interpreter, it also inspired assurance and a substantive base from which to make practical and ethical decisions. The environment was overwhelmingly supportive and truly prepared me to take the next step in my interpreting career with confidence."

- Brian

Interpreter Apprentice - Aimee Forte

"Working as a DAS apprentice allowed me the opportunity to get a taste of what it feels like to be a working professional, while still having a vast and strong support system. During the semester I was able to touch on a variety of academic and non academic assignment, allowing me to expand my skill range outside of my comfort zone. My time spent at DAS was a rich experience full of hands on learning and fun. The sheer depth of knowledge throughout the department is a benefit all its own. At any given time I could approach any fellow interpreter and be given the background information and conceptually accurate sign choices for any assignment. I enjoyed working one on one with my mentor and my fellow apprentices. This apprenticeship is a unique experience and one that I highly recommend to all recent graduates."

- Aimee

Interpreter Apprentice - Crystal Peloquin

"Being part of the apprenticeship at Access Services was truly life-changing. It provided the much needed link between the academic environment of interpreter training programs to the practical experience of working in the field. Through the apprenticeship, I was able to make lasting connections with several interpreters - who with their immense experience and willingness to "take me under their wing" - taught me so much about the field of interpreting and how to navigate it as a recent graduate. I am and will always be eternally grateful to the Department of Access Services and its apprenticeship experience for providing me with the preparation and resources to be a successful and confident interpreter."

- Crystal

Interpreter Apprentice - Hannah Zimmerman

"The opportunity to work at DAS as an apprentice truly helped me to improve my interpreting skills and open my heart and mind to what interpreting means in education. The wealth of knowledge that exists in the interpreters and staff at DAS is staggering and the warm welcome I received from mentors and colleagues was uplifting."

- Hannah