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What Opportunities Could VCI Interns Have?

Your Interpreter Training Program (ITP) is great but what happens when you leave the safety of the classroom behind and enter the real world of interpreting via an interpreting internship? We can assure you that you’ll never say you had a “dull day”.  Your time spent at our site is both meaningful and productive.  Expect to set your feet in all sorts of locations to either observe a nationally certified interpreter work or to team with a nationally certified interpreter.  You haven’t met anyone until you’ve met and worked with the amazing greater Knoxville area deaf community. Where will you work with highly skilled professionals and the best deaf community in the country? Here’s a partial list:

  • Theme Park Shows
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Job Trainings and Staff Meetings
  • Medical/Dental/Eye Appointments – all types
  • In Home Nursing Visits
  • The Emergency Room
  • Medication Management Appointments
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Meetings
  • Post-Secondary Classes
  • K12 Classes
  • Tennessee School for the Deaf
  • Video Remote Interpreting
  • Court Room – observation only
  • Legal Meetings – observation only
  • Mental Health Inpatient – observation only
  • Church Services – at supervisor’s discretion
  • Church Small Group – at supervisor’s discretion
  • Church Volunteer Events – at supervisor’s discretion

Sarah Reichert, previous VCI intern and now staff interpreter 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!

Application Deadlines:

  • CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE Summer  (June – August)  *application due by March 15 (notifications out by April 1)
  • Spring (January – May) *application due by October 15 (notifications out by November 1)
  • Winter (September – November) *application due by June 15 (notifications out by July 1)
A Day in the Life of a VCI Intern

We Expect Each VCI Intern to Do the Following Activities:

  • Write a weekly blog about personal experience in the field with the VCI team of professional interpreters
  • Make a bi-weekly vlog in ASL (with captions) 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 with VCI CEO or main supervisor on a weekly basis
  • Participate in a Breakout Room experience with four other team members during the first two weeks of the internship
    • 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:
      • Meet and greet with the VCI team
      • A desk in a shared office
      • A monitor to plug in a laptop for a larger workspace
      • Bi-weekly gas stipend (if University internship requirements allow)
      • Language mentoring with one of VCI’s Deaf Mentors 
      • 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 – if available – intern pays for the space

    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.