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Sign Language Interpreting Mentor Program

reducing the school-to-work gap through mentorship experiences

The ILRC' Sign Language Interpreting Mentor Program reduces the school to work gap by offering a mentorship experience to students of interpreting programs. The ILRC values an accessible environment that allows individuals d/Deaf or Hard-of-hearing to have access to communication in a manner that mirrors that of their peers.

Program Expectations

  1. Mentorship with The ILRC will begins each September, and continues for 6 months up to 1 year.  This will be dependent upon the mentee, and credentials obtained.
  2. Approximately 10-15 hours of interpreting work per week under the supervision of nationally certified ASL/English interpreters, and an additional 5-10 hours per week to work on skill development activities as determined by the mentor team/advisory panel.
  3. Interpreting opportunities and settings include: employment meetings and trainings, educational (primarily post-secondary), community, deaf/blind, and medical (as approved).  
  4. Mentees are expected to be available to accept mentorship and job shadowing opportunities as available.  
  5. Mentees are expected to treat all parties involved in the mentorship with respect.  This includes arriving to assignments/meetings on time, no cancellations, completing assignments in a timely manner, speaking and behaving in a respectful manner at all times.  
  6. All parties must accept responsibility for knowledge of and adherence to the RID Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics of interpreting in their roles.
  7. All parties must successfully complete and maintain a Level 2 background screening through the Agency for Health Care Administration.
  8. Any breach of the agreement can lead to termination of the mentee from the Graduate Mentorship program, and could impact future employment opportunities with the ILRC.


  1. Currently pursuing a B.A. degree.
  2. Recent graduates may apply.
  3. A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed Interpreter Application
  2. Submitted resume, cover letter and video samples to Stephanie Monroe (StephanieM@theilrc.org).
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