ASL Interpreting Interns

Access believes that providing practical experience for new and emerging talent in the field of interpreting is our professional responsibility in order to grow a community of strong and dedicated interpreters committed to providing the best services possible. Interns will get an opportunity to develop their skills in a variety of settings spanning the spectrum of government to academic venues. Each interpreting assignment is selected with an eye towards developing the intern’s skills, with emphasis on fit, quality of experience, and team relationship.

Our Commitment

Access is committed to investing in emerging interpreters of all identities and backgrounds, including racial, ethnic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religious affiliations. Because the advancement of these communities make the interpreting industry stronger, we encourage applications from people who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, or members of other historically disempowered and oppressed communities.

Hybrid Work Environment

We are proud to offer a hybrid internship for ready-to-work ASL<>Spoken English interpreters to develop their skills in a challenging, yet safe and supportive environment. You will be working virtually and may be expected to work onsite occasionally in your local area.

June 5 – August 11

Application due by April 1st

September 5 – Dec 15

Application due by July 1st

January 17 – April 28

Application due by November 1st

Internship Dates &
Application Deadlines

    How to Prepare

You will be asked to upload some documents and to provide us with video recordings as a part of the application process. To ensure a seamless experience, please have these items ready prior to beginning your application.

You will need to upload an updated resume. Make sure your resume includes the following:

  • ​Any work experience (paid or volunteer)
  • ​Community involvement
  • ​Other work/educational experiences that you have that may speak to your professionalism and philosophy

Letter(s) of recommendation can come from professors, professional colleagues, or community members who can provide perspective on your work ethic and interpreting work. We welcome up to two letters of recommendation.

  • You must use Chrome as your browser
  • A hardwired connection is suggested.
  • Ensure your computer set up and appearance will be similar to what it would be on an actual interview.
  • Click here to begin your application. When you create your account, if you do not receive the “Access Interpreting – Account Creation” email, please check your spam folder.
  • When choosing a Service, please only choose the Internship option.
As you begin your application, you’ll record your video letter of intent directly there. Your video letter of intent should talk about:

  • Why you are interested in our program
  • How your background has prepared you for this program
  • What your career goals are and what you expect to achieve with this internship

You will be asked to upload an updated resume and letter(s) of recommendation.

The final part of our online application includes two sources for you to interpret. The application website will provide brief prep materials to read and watch before you record. You will record directly on to our website, and we will be able to review your work there. Both the ASL and English sources are designed to challenge you but are not impossible. We are not looking for perfection in your interpretation, but a sense of your current skill-set.
If you are selected to move through the second round of the application process, an interview will be conducted to get to know you on a more personal level. We will ask questions that are tailored to ensuring that we have a dynamic and collaborative cohort and as well as a good fit for our clients and work environment.

Application Process

All applications are to be completed through Access’ online scheduling platform – Ūsked. We will not accept applications outside of Ūsked.

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