How to Apply to the Apprenticeship Program

The following are all required prior to acceptance into the Interpreter Apprenticeship Program:

  • completed application form
  • cover letter
  • resume
  • two letters of recommendation provided by any two of the following:
    • a Deaf consumer
    • one of your Interpreter Education Program instructors
    • a previous mentor
    • a past employer in an interpreting related capacity
    • a colleague in the field of interpreting
  • a video of your work
    • If you are in the Rochester area, you may come in person to do a two-hour skills assessment.  If you choose to do the in-person assessment, it must to be completed ten business days before the application deadline of November 1, 2019. This in-person video must be completed by October 21.  If you miss this deadline, you will need to create your own skills assessment video using the directions below.
    • If you are not coming to Rochester to do the in-person skills assessment, you must provide a video using the directions below.


Monique, Apprentice Interpreter

I have to say, I feel so lucky to have worked as a student interpreter with DAS for one year before graduating from ASLIE (NTID’s ITP) and being offered the chance to become an apprentice. Everyone you meet here is extremely supportive and truly committed to help you at every turn. Working as an apprentice has given me so many opportunities to see different settings, different language levels and the knowledge to traverse them all. This has been, without a doubt, one of the best experiences in my life. I have learned so much from all of the people here but I have also had great personal growth. This apprenticeship it absolutely a fantastic opportunity, and it really has become stepping stone for my career!

~ Monique

Directions for the video:

Please follow instructions carefully. This video is for out-of-area applicants only.  The video should begin with a signed introduction (approximately 5 minutes in length) that includes your name, background, why you are applying for an internship, what your goals in the field of interpreting are, and how you learned Sign Language. 

Your work samples should be un-rehearsed.  If the samples are rehearsed, we may overestimate your skills.  If your capabilities are significantly less than the samples represent, you may be sent home.  

Next, provide four un-rehearsed segments:
1. Spoken English to ASL (Interpret)
10 minutes
2. ASL to Spoken English (Interpret)
10 minutes
3. Spoken English to Signed English (Transliterate)
10 minutes
4. Signed English to Spoken English (Transliterate)
10 minutes

Video Submission

Please upload your video and share your (unlisted) link to using one of the following.

  1. Dropbox
  2. Youtube (unlisted)
  3. Online portfolio

You may also mail a DVD or USB flash drive with all required videos to the address listed below. Be sure to allow for proper delivery time to be received by deadline.  


To begin your apprenticeship in Spring 2019/ 2020 Semester, application and materials are due November 1, 2019. You may begin to submit your materials now.

Send application and materials to:

Program Coordinator:

Kip Webster
Manager, Access Services
Carey Hall, 14-1582
97 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603

(585) 475-2887
Email inquiries:

Background Check

In the final phase of Apprenticeship acceptance, a criminal background and/or motor vehicle records check will be required. Written permission is obtained from individuals prior to conducting this check. Acceptance to the Apprenticeship Program is contingent on satisfactory results as determined by RIT Human Resources.