DIVE IN: Building skills & confidence in Interpreting

Dive In Cohort Application

For Deaf Interpreters

Application Closed

Application will be available October 1-October 31, 2024

Need Support with Application

We will schedule a Zoom open house to provide live support in ASL from 6:00-8:00 pm CT on October 9, 16, 23, and 30.)

Office hours in other time zones: 

  • 4:00-6:00 pm Pacific Time
  • 5:00-7:00 pm Mountain Time
  • 6:00-8:00 pm Central Time 
  • 7:00-9:00 pm Eastern Time

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for FAQs on the application process.

Application Process

Application requires that candidates complete an online form providing personal information, educational background, and professional goals.

Complete the Google Form at the bottom of this page and 4 activities in a Canvas course by October 31 at 5:00 pm CDT. The Google Form will provide you with more information on how to access the Canvas course and complete the activities and submit them in Canvas.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Smith-Hastings at jsmithhastings@stkate.edu.

Deaf Interpreter applicants must also submit:  

  • 3 videos recorded in Canvas, YouTube, Vimeo, etc: 
    • ASL response to a question provided, 
    • Sight translation of a written English document into ASL, and 
    • Interpretation of an ASL video for a consumer with specific language needs. 
  • Reflection of the Interpretation 

Are you a Deaf Interpreter who has completed your 40-hour training and is working toward credentials and ready to make a commitment to your professional development?  If the answer is yes, here’s an opportunity to “dive in.”

One of the CATIE Center’s latest projects is Dive In:  Building Skills and Confidence in Interpreting. The project aims to support novice interpreters who identify a specific goal, such as certification (i.e., CDI, NIC, BEI),  state licensure, or passing an agency screening, and commit to working to achieve that goal.

This year, we are hosting a Deaf Interpreter cohort led by Trenton Marsh and Naomi Sheneman. This program will at times collaborate with the hearing/Coda interpreters in the other part of the Dive In project and at times work together in a space just for Deaf interpreters.

There is no cost for this program and is available to novice interpreters in any part of the U.S. and can be completed through Canvas and Zoom with synchronous and asynchronous activities.

Dive In is designed for novice interpreters.  For this program, novice interpreters means someone who has recently graduated from an interpreting program or entered the field via an alternative path, has ASL & English proficiency, and is working toward certification or licensure. 

If you do not meet these requirements, the CATIE Center will review requests for consideration on a case by case basis with input from our project officer at the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. If you request consideration of your case, you will be able to complete the application and the Dive In team will contact you regarding application status. 

To be a part of the Dive In cohort, you need to commit to the following:

  • Participate in the program from January 10 to August 14, 2023. Estimated time commitments to participate:  
    • 4-6 hours for pre-program assessments Dec 15-Jan 9; 
    • 10 hours weekly for program activities from Jan 10 to May 22; 
    • 2 hours for weekly Zoom meeting on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm Central; 
    • 8 hours each day for immersion experience on March 15-16 & April 12-13; 
    • 40 Practical Application Hours (PAH) completed by August 14; 
    • 20 minutes each for evaluations, due April 30, June 10, and August 31. .  
  • Engage in all program activities, including: 
    • Activities in Canvas and GoReact (assignments, discussions, etc.);  
    • Mentoring and Coaching meetings and correspondence; 
    • Live interpreting practice with supervision; 
    • Development of Individual Development Pathway (IDP) with support from a professional coach;  
    • Self-directed, practical application hours.

Deadline for Application

October 31 at 5:00 pm Central Time

Notification for Applicants

December 8, 2023

Program Information

View a draft calendar of the Dive In program here.

For participants completing program requirements, certificates of completion will be distributed by September 9, 2024. 

The CATIE Center will be able to accept approximately 20 participants in the cohort program. For those who are not accepted, you are encouraged to take part in the offerings for Stepping Stones for Novice Interpreters.

All of the required activities and resources will be available online. The program runs from January through August with synchronous meetings on Wednesday nights via Zoom and asynchronous activities online using Canvas and GoReact.

Come on and dive in!  We’re here to support you!


For questions on the application process, please contact Jenny Smith-Hastings, Dive In Program Specialist at jesmithhastings@stkate.edu.