Sign language interpreting agencies can provide interns with authentic learning experiences and assist with the transition from student to professional. A review of literature regarding the gap between classroom and professional work experiences was conducted. From this review, current practices, problems, and practical solutions were identified. With these providing a theoretical foundation, surveys and interviews of agency owners were conducted regarding their current and past experiences of utilizing interns in their agencies. Results revealed a list of reoccurring themes on how to better include and support interns, such as the use of mentors, shadowing, and development of business practices. Utilizing these suggestions or recommendations may allow agencies to better prepare interns as they transition from the “Cold” seat to the “Hot” seat.

Exit Requirement

Professional Project

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Elisa Maroney

Committee Member

Sarah Hewlett


sign language, internship, intern, agency, sign language agency



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Text; Image; StillImage

Subject Categories

American Sign Language | Education | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures

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