While working with the Department of Access Services (DAS) as a Student Interpreter, you will:

  • Experience of a variety of assignments on the RIT Campus
  • Receive payment for up to twenty hours per week
  • Be assigned a trained mentor
  • Interact and network with more than 120 RIT interpreters
  • For a Tour of the Student Interpreter Position contact NTID AccessServices@ntid.rit.edu
  • For a full job description

Student interpreters at DAS are working in a real-world environment. This position is designed as a bridge that leads and supports young interpreters as they make the transition from student to practitioner. Applicants must be organized, flexible, personable, able to work with a variety of personalities and professional in both dress and demeanor.

Our first priority at DAS is to serve the students, faculty, and staff of RIT/NTID. DAS employs a rigorous assessment procedure, developed with the benefit of over 40 years experience.

To be offered a position, students need to demonstrate abilities commensurate with entry-level work as an interpreter in postsecondary education.

The application process begins with submitting the following materials: a cover letter, resume, and two recommendation letters.  The DAS management team will screen the application materials and invite successful candidates to complete our skills assessment and interview with one of the managers.


Application materials required:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Richarad Peterson (mention a specific team or interest)
  • Two letters of reference from a deaf consumber, mentor, or employer

We need to have all application materials, completed by noon on February 28, 2020.

Submit materials via email to AccessServices@ntid.rit.edu

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at AccessServices@ntid.rit.edu, or you can reach Kip Webster by phone at 585-475-2887, or Jean Rodman at jmrdis@rit.edu.

Student Interpreter - Maxine Martinez

"Working as a student interpreter for the Department of Access Services was the best decision I could have made for myself and for my career. I came in as a terrified fourth year with no real interpreting experience. I am leaving as a professional that is able to advocate not only for my consumers but also for myself. I also leave with a confidence in myself and my work that I never had before. I have worked in a variety of settings both in classrooms and out, which has been an invaluable learning experience. The faculty and staff were incredibly supportive and friendly both in assignments and out. I leave here forever indebted to the Department of Access Services and its wonderful staff for everything they have done for me."

- Maxine

Student Interpreter - Emily Call

"One of the main things that attracted me to NTID's Interpreting program was the fact that there were over 100 staff Interpreters working for DAS. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to meet and learn from as many of them as I could. I was so excited when I learned about the Student Interpreting positions because it gave me the unique opportunity to work alongside some amazing interpreters, learning from them in a hands-on environment. I know that the experience I have gained from working on campus had helped me greatly improve my skills and expand my professional network at the same time."

- Emily

Student Interpreter - Nicole Lupinetti

"Working as a Student Interpreter is one of the best learning experiences I've had since being in this program. Not only am I exposed to many students with a multitude of signing styles, I'm working with Interpreters with many years of experience, both staff and freelance. My expressive and receptive skills have increased exponentially since working as a Student Interpreter. I already feel a lot more confident and prepared for when I get out into the work force when I graduate."

- Nicole

Student Interpreter - Alexis Chasney

"Working as a student interpreter at DAS gave me the confidence and skills to work as an interpreter. The hands on experience greatly aided me in my growth as an interpreter. Additionally, the welcoming and supportive environment never failed to bolster my confidence and broaden my horizons. Thank you to DAS for the unbelievable experience."

- Alexis