Interpreter Internships Application Process and checklist


The following are all required prior to acceptance to the internship placement:

  1. Completed application form online
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume
  4. Two letters of recommendation provided by two of the following:
    a) a deaf consumer,
    b) interpreter Education Program professor,
    c) a previous mentor,
    d) a past employer in an interpreting related field,
    e) a colleague in the interpreting field.
  5. Assessment of your skills.
    •  If you are a local intern, you will be asked to come into the Office of Disability Services for an interview and skills assessment.
    This video will not be required.
    •  If you are not in the local area, submit video sample of your work. See directions for video segment below.
  6. Interview (scheduled after applicant’s materials are received)


Directions for the video segment:

    • Signed introduction of self (approximately 5 minutes) explaining your name, background, reasoning for applying for this internship, your goals in the field of interpreting, and a fun comment.
    • The next examples of work provided are unrehearsed.
  • Spoken English to ASL (Interpret)
10 minutes
  • ASL to Spoken English (Interpret)
10 minutes
  • Spoken English to ASL (Transliterate)
10 minutes
  • ASL to Spoken English (Transliterate)
10 minutes

OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES Voice: (503) 838-8250 | VideoPhone: (503) 512-5258 | Fax: (503) 838-8721 | E-mail: | Location: APSC room 405 | Opening Hours: Monday - Friday (8:00AM - 5:00PM) "If you have a disability that may require some accommodation in order to participate in a Western Oregon University class or activity, please notify the Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250 or at least 3 business days in advance. To request an interpreter, please fill out the INTERPRETER REQUEST FORM."