How to Apply to the Interpreter Internship Program

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The following are all required prior to acceptance into the Interpreter Internship 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, 2019.  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.

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.  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 recived by deadline. 


To begin your Internship in Spring 2019 / 2020 Semester, application and materials are due Novmeber 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

Background Check

In the final phase of Internship 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 Internship Program is contingent on satisfactory results as determined by Human Resources.