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.
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies
sign language, internship, intern, agency, sign language agency
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Text; Image; StillImage
American Sign Language | Education | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures
Moore, H. (2022). From the Cold Seat to the Hot Seat: An agency guide to interns (master's thesis). Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wou.edu/theses/148
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