SPA 384 Interpreting Internship

SPA 384: Internship for Interpreting Certificate

For the Spanish Interpreting Certificate (SI), students must complete an internship at an interpreting bureau or an interpreting department within a company/public organization under faculty supervision. This internship will be completed either concurrently with Spanish 382, or after successful completion of the course. The goal of this internship is for students to gain practical, real-world experience and implement material learned in the interpreting course to actual interpreting situations.

In order for the internship to count toward the certificate, students must receive an overall final grade of B-.

NOTE: Students who have completed SPA 384 as a translation internship must complete an internship in interpreting in order to receive the SI certificate.



    • Anywhere: Internships may be completed in the W-S area, somewhere in NC, while at home in a different state, or even abroad
    • Must be done in a professional interpreting setting
  • Sample projects are available from your internship adviser, however you will need to come up with your own project, specific to the needs of your internship site and approved by both your supervisor and your adviser.


  • 60-100* hours: Internships may be completed during the semester (4-6 hrs per week) or outside of academic semesters (winter or summer: 4-6 weeks)*100 hours are required to receive 3 hours of credit. 60 hours are required for 1.5 hours of credit. To earn the certificate, students must complete the internship for 3 hours of credit.

Faculty Internship Adviser Meetings

    • During the internship, students will meet with their adviser at least three (3) times:
      • To discuss your internship locale, your duties there, and your schedule – and to get the adviser’s approval (NOTE: Students must receive approval for their internship prior to beginning work)
      • To present your intent essay, which explains your goal, your motivation, your expectations, and your projects. Students must submit their intent essay within the first three (3) weeks of classes.
    • To report your progress on your projects (in order to receive feedback etc.)


    • 100 hours of interpreting; ensure that you will be expected to complete interpreting (oral), as opposed to translation (written)
    • Submit to your advisor a diary of 20-30 entries from each interpreting session (see below)
    • Present a final research paper on interpreting (see below)
    • Final observation by your adviser during the final weeks of your internship (1-1.5hr) (see below)
  • Final evaluation completed by your supervisor, on your progress and professionalism (see below)


Final Observation: 60%

Within the last two weeks of your internship, your adviser will schedule an observation lasting 1-1.5 hours to evaluate your ability to interpret and assess your progress. This observation will consist of 3-5 interpreting sessions, depending on their length and complexity.

Final Research Paper/Project: 20%

As a final project, students will complete a research project related to their experiences interpreting during the internship. This project must include:

    • a bibliography in MLA format, including at least three (3) research, academic papers
  • a 7-8 page paper, commenting on one aspect of your internship that has been approved by your adviser

Students must submit a working bibliography to their adviser within the first four (4) weeks of the semester to ensure the material being consulted is appropriate for their research project. This paper should include specific examples from the student’s internship and pair it with the theoretical framework. It should not be a reflection paper, but rather a theory-based research paper with real-world examples.

Diary Entries: 10%

After each interpreting session, students must compile a diary of new terminology (in both English and Spanish) encountered during the session. This information should be organized in a logical manner, logging at a minimum new terminology, the date of the interpreting session, the session’s length, and comments related to the final research paper.

Students should submit this diary to their adviser on a biweekly basis during the semester and during the winter recess (if necessary) and on a monthly basis during the summer.

Professionalism: 10%

The final evaluation reviews the gained professionalism over the course of the internship. This takes the form of a questionnaire filled out by your internship supervisor at the end of the internship.