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DePaul’s Translator and Interpreter Corps is a unique opportunity for students to gain experience with the professional world of translation and interpretation while having access to DePaul resources such as courses, faculty and the Tutoring & Language Learning Center. This exposure puts students at a significant advantage upon completion of their degree, as participation sets real expectations of the skills needed, the processes involved and the general working conditions of the language access field. In addition to skill building through experiential learning, this opportunity provides students with volunteer service hours.
Translation work done with the Translator Corps is either to support an individual’s legal or social service process (which may include written statements, identification documents, news articles, legal documents, government forms) or to support community based organizations’ ability to inform their clients with internal and informative documents. Corps interpreters facilitate language access to these organizations in their client meetings.
Student Learning Outcomes
The roles are volunteer positions, yet require a professional level of commitment, attention and responsibility. This work is with individuals who are in need of language access for their immigration process or social service, and respect of their sensitive information, confidentiality, and awareness of context is necessary to effectively perform these duties. Students attend debriefing meetings once a quarter to discuss development, experiences, and challenges with fellow student linguists.
Advanced linguistic skills, 3.1 overall GPA/3.5 in language (translation courses strongly preferred)
Advanced linguistic skills, 3.1 overall GPA/3.5 in language (immersion experience preferred)
Advanced linguistic skills are measured either by coursework at the 300 level in the language or an interview with a professor who speaks the language. You may calculate your GPA using the LAS GPA Calculator.
Required Skills and Abilities:
Dependability, cultural sensitivity, confidentiality Ability to accurately convey meaning of sensitive subjects between languages Ability to work with low-income constituents of various backgrounds and ethnicities Ability to accomplish project goals within a limited and defined time frame Ability to respond to TIC emails in a timely manner