BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.
SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: The Community Interpretation and Translation Intern will lay the foundation for professional IRC translation services and translator training including developing internal standards and processes and developing a ‘fundamentals of translation’ curriculum.
- Support Interpreter Program Manager in preparation for 40 hour interpreter training including scheduling interviews and language tests, collecting documents, tracking participant information
- Create “I Speak” cards, a tool for non-English speaking refugees to communicate their right to an interpreter and native language
- Support language access advocacy
- Create and update documents for the IRC Community Interpreter Program
- Research national language testing options
- Conduct research on interpretation opportunities for the IRC Interpreter program, focusing on organizations that serve the refugee community, organizations that are non-compliant with language access standards and opportunities for interpreter quality improvement through IRC interpreters
- Student will understand language access laws, specifically Title VI, and how these laws effect the immigrant experience
- Student will develop organizational and tracking skills while supporting the application and interview process for potential interpreters
- Student will better understand the landscape of interpretation services in the U.S., specifically the greater Silver Spring community
REQUIREMENTS: The candidate must have completed at minimum 2 years of university study, speak 2+ languages at an advanced level and have some training or experience in interpretation (please specify in application). Excellent English language, computer and internet research skills required. The candidate must commit to 12-18 hours/week with flexibility to work occasionally from home if desired.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ideally, the candidate will have a background in business/marketing/small business development. Familiarity with challenges faced by refugees and immigrants is preferred.
This position reports to the Interpreter Services Manager.