Interpreter – Intern**

What Opportunities Could VCI Interns Have?

Did someone say a “dull day”?  Not when you intern with VCI.  Your time with us will be meaningful and productive.  Though your hands may not always be moving, you will constantly be going somewhere different, meeting new people, observing exciting settings, and reconciling what you learned in your ITP with what happens in the real world of interpreting.   Here are just a few examples of assignments our interns have had the opportunity to interpret or observe:

  • Job Trainings
  • Medical Sick Visits
  • State Agency Meetings
  • Emergency Room Assignments
  • Interpreted Church Services
  • College Orientation Meetings
  • Theme Park Shows
  • Diagnostic Medical Tests
  • Optometry Appointments
  • Job Fairs
  • Interpreted College Classes
  • Employee Staff Meetings
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Meetings
  • Dental visits

Sarah Reichert, previous VCI intern wants you to know:

VCI Intern Sarah ReichertThe VCI internship is truly a one of a kind internship! The experiences gained at VCI are unique and diverse!  In my Interpreter Training Program (ITP) classes, I learned extensively about the medical, mental health, educational, legal, and vocational rehabilitation settings. This VCI internship not only gives you the opportunity to observe and/or  interpret in these areas, but it also provides other opportunities to experience any number of other settings, including, but surely not limited to, employment, VRI, recreational, religious, familial, and pro bono. Over the course of my internship, I had the opportunity to observe or interpret in over 42 different community settings!!

But the reward of such diverse exposure was not without its challenges. Every week, if I was not out in the field with one of VCI’s nationally certified interpreters, I was either in the office reflecting on my own personal experiences and professional growth through blogs and supervised debriefings, or I was connecting with the Deaf community personally during face-to-face mentor sessions or virtually through a biweekly vlog. Though it may sound like a lot of extra “busy” work, every task has a purpose and played a vital role in my skill development. I don’t mention that to scare anyone off! Rather, I want to encourage motivated applicants who are willing to work hard that this internship is worth it all!!

Undoubtedly, the most special part of this internship is the inarguable fact that you are never alone. You may be the sole intern – the one person the VCI team invests in and the one person that can experience it all – but you are never alone during this exciting (and sometimes overwhelming) learning process. An incredible and inspiring group of nationally certified interpreters act patiently, kindly, and selflessly in giving their time, energy, and expertise to help YOU become the best interpreter YOU can possibly be!

So what are you waiting for?! The internship of a lifetime is waiting for YOU!

Applications Received ONGOING.
Interns are accepted for the following time frames (or any time in between):

  • Summer  (May – August)
  • Spring (January – April)
  • Winter (September – November)
A Day in the Life of a VCI Intern

We Expect Each VCI Intern to Do the Following Activities on a Weekly/Bi-Weekly Basis:

  • Write a blog about personal experience in the field with the VCI team of professional interpreters
  • Make a vlog in ASL about interactions with deaf clients/Deaf community/deaf mentors
  • Meet with a deaf mentor for sign vocabulary and receptive skill improvement
  • Accompany VCI certified interpreters in the field for observation, hands up, and team interpreting work
  • Check in daily with VCI CEO
    • Internships are unpaid.  Exception: If an intern arrives with marketable interpreting skills, intern may be placed in active teamed interpreting sessions for compensation(If University internship requirements allow)
    • VCI provides interns with:
      • Personal office space
      • Bi-weekly gas stipend (if University internship requirements allow)
      • Language mentoring with one of VCI’s Deaf Mentors (Read what VCI intern Ashley Harper wrote about her experience with a VCI Deaf Mentor)
      • Opportunities to observe and/or shadow a nationally certified interpreter
      • Opportunities to team with a nationally certified interpreter
      • Opportunities to interact with the local deaf community through VCI sponsored events
      • Debriefing with VCI CEO on interactions, interpreting, experiences, etc.
      • Opportunity to learn the “business” of interpreting
      • Workers Compensation Insurance
      • Access to an Online Scheduling System
      • Official VCI identification badge (returned after internship)
      • Official VCI polo shirt (returned after internship)
      • Summer internship housing is available for a cost
      • Meet with Established Hands professional, certified interpreters for interpreting process, ethical decision making and NIC testing preparation for interns offered to stay on with VCI and work on our team for a minimum of 1 year

    Visual Communication Interpreting, Inc. is an Equal Employment opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status.