Interpreter Internship Program

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InterpretersIn the Interpreter Internship Program, you will: 

  • Work under the guidance of an RIT interpreter
  • Experience a variety of assignments
  • Attend in-service training 
  • 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 be enrolled in an interpreter education program and demonstrate skill in transliterating and interpreting (Sign Language to spoken English / spoken English to Sign Language). 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 Internship Program requires actual interpreting experiences; it is not solely for observations of interpreters.

Internship 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. Internships are most often granted for one semester. Exceptions can be made for less than one semester. The Department of Access Services does not accept internships during summer. 


Gitte, an interned interpreterInterning at RIT was simply a pleasure! The staff of interpreters was so wonderful and provided such a safe, supportive learning environment for a new interpreter. I had so many different opportunities to interpret and learn from mentors, Deaf community members, and students, for which I am eternally grateful.
Douglas College
Vancouver Canada

Internship Experience

The Department of Access Services (DAS) will provide an internship experience that exceeds the requirements of your Interpreter Education Program.

InterpretersNTID Interpreter Internship 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 core team and department meetings, observing of other interpreters, and participating in professional development.

Internship Pay

Interns may be paid for up to thirty (30) hours per week.  Whether you are paid depends on restrictions that your program may have for internships.  Rate of pay will be commensurate with skill/experience/training.

Housing and Transportation

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

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