Senior Internship Experience

winter2013.0999The Interpreting Internship is the last component of the Goshen College IPP curriculum. This course is completed during the student’s spring (final) semester of their senior year. The internship integrates the knowledge, values, and skills students have acquired over their years of study. Through the internship, students are given the opportunity to experience the various tasks, situations, and responsibilities professional interpreters encounter. In these hands-on settings, students can apply the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to perform their future jobs effectively.

While on their intership, each student will work closely with one or more mentors on-site. It is the role of a mentor to select appropriate assignments for their mentee and to discuss the intern’s goals and objectives for the assignments. There is some flexibility and choice in where students can do their internship assignments. Below are some of the cities where past students have gone:

  • Seattle, Washington
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Elkhart, Indiana
  • Orangewalk, Belize, Central America
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Life After College

When students graduate from the Interpreter Preparation Program, they have the skills and experience they need to become professionals. Some of our past graduates are working as interpreters while others are involved in different roles with the Deaf Community. You might find these graduates:

  • traveling across the country interpreting the narrations at car shows for Buick, Pontiac, GMC and Chevy
  • in local Indiana public schools system interpreting at middle schools and preschools
  • in private practice interpreting in the Michiana region on assignment in doctor’s offices, schools, job training, etc
  • interpreting in a North Carolina elementary school
  • working as the program coordinator for Anabaptist Deaf Ministries
  • employed as a case worker with First Steps supporting Deaf parents and their infants (disabled)
  • interpreting in the school system in Alaska
  • working in Cincinnati as a freelance interpreter
  • interpreting for video relay companies
  • working at GC as an interpreter and department assistant
  • interpreting in local churches