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NYS Court Interpreter Internship Program (Spring 2024: Apr – May 2024)

The NYS Unified Court System offers an intensive 20-hour internship program to bilingual students in Spring 2024. Interested students must be proficient in the English language as well as a second language, and interested in pursuing or exploring a career as a court interpreter. During the internship, students will learn about court interpreter ethics, the three modes of interpreting, the structure of the courts, different case types and lessons from a day in the life of a court interpreter.

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The Spring 2024 Introductory (20-hour) Court Interpreter Internship is scheduled from Friday, April 12, 2024 to Friday, May 10, 2024.

  • Friday, April 12, 2024 (9:00pm to 1:00pm @ OCA)
  • Friday, April 19, 2024 (9:00pm to 1:00pm @ different courts across NYC)
  • Friday, April 26, 2024 (9:00pm to 1:00pm @ different courts across NYC)
  • Friday, May 3, 2024 (9:00pm to 1:00pm @ different courts across NYC)
  • Friday, May 10, 2024 (9:00pm to 1:00pm @ OCA)

Eligibility for this internship program is following:

  • Interested in court interpreting as a career
  • Proficient in English and another language (if you are not sure about your proficiency level, please stop by the Modern Language Lab (B-206) for a language assessment test)
  • Current student at LaGuardia Community College

The NYS Court System is especially interested in the following high-needs languages (but they are also open to speakers of other languages): Albanian, Arabic, ASL, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Cantonese, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Karen, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Pashtu, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Twi, and Vietnamese

Please note that this is an unpaid internship program. The Center for Career & Professional Development at LaGuardia Community College can provide internship preparation training for participants, but the interns will not be paid for this internship program.

Those who have completed an internship program have an opportunity to take the Per Diem (part-time) Court Interpreter examination. Upon passing the exam, they can register as a per-diem court interpreter. The pay rate for part-time interpreters is $300 per day and $170 for a half day. Only a high school diploma is required to become a Per Diem Court Interpreter (but you should be able to work legally in the U.S.).

Please see the website below for more information about the internship program and the Per Diem Court Interpreter position.

If you are interested, please submit your application through this online form (https://bit.ly/LaGCC_CourtInterpret) by Wednesday, March 27, 2024. For inquiries, please contact Yacquelin Nava-Shahin (ynava@lagcc.cuny.edu / B-114 / 718-482-5235) or Tomonori Nagano (tnagano@lagcc.cuny.edu / 718-482-5484 / B-234FF).

Those who are interested in the internship program should contact Prof. Tomonori Nagano at tnagano@lagcc.cuny.edu / 718-482-5484 / B-234FF.