Working Interpreter Network Program
Working Interpreter Network
Are you a graduate of an interpreter training program? If so, congratulations! WIN is the next step on your journey towards becoming a working interpreter. Every summer the Keystone Interpreting Solutions’ trained & certified team conducts Working Interpreters Network (WIN), a ten-week intensive training program for up to ten selected pre-certified interpreters who want to move up from being a student interpreter to a working professional. The focus will be on language, interpreting, and ethics, and there will be guided sessions, small group activities, advanced workshops, and an immersion retreat, along with opportunities to work in the community. You will be paid a pre-certified interpreter rate for your work during your time in the WIN program.
WIN looked a little different this year, but we were still grateful to have been able to host three fabulous participants! We were also able to meet their furry friends during our meetings.
Interested in WIN? Keep an eye on the KIS News Page for upcoming announcements about the WIN program!
Don’t forget to fill out the WIN form and submit it with a video sample of your work.
The Steps to WIN
This program is also a formal “fast-track” route
to joining the KIS interpreting team.
You will have a mentor to work with you on increasing your language proficiency, and another one to work with you on your interpreting skills.
There will be on-the-job interpreter training in different settings, typically accompanied by an experienced KIS interpreter.
You will have opportunities to learn from the experienced interpreter while interpreting and/or observing.
With this, you will be provided with skilled support, giving you the confidence to succeed as an interpreter in various environments.
After each job, your training will continue in person and online in which you will review your experiences, learn techniques & new skills, and get constructive feedback.
You will also receive tools to help you with certification exams.
How to Qualify for the WIN Program?
To qualify for the WIN program, be pre-certified. KIS will want to meet with you (either in person or via video chat) to evaluate your interpreting skills. All applicants will be interviewed by the KIS staff, and keep in mind the number of applications received exceeds the maximum slots KIS can accept each year.
If you are one of the lucky eight WIN participants, and after you have completed the program, KIS will determine whether your name gets added to the KIS interpreter list of qualified, pre-certified interpreters for future interpreting assignments.