Induction Programs

This is a list of opportunities providing novice interpreters support as they enter the field. The information was provided by the organizations administering the programs.  Click here to submit a program for inclusion in the directory.

If you are searching by location, we recommend searching for both national programs and those that operate specifically within your state. To find national programs, search on the word “national”. If you are looking for programs that operate in your specific state, enter the full state name or the two letter abbreviation (example: “Vermont” or “VT”). Some programs may be local, only providing opportunities within a given state.

Organization/Agency NameKeyestone Interpreting Solutions
Name of ProgramWorking Interpreter Network (WIN)
Description of the Program

The Working Interpreter Network (WIN) is a program designed for recent graduates of an Interpreter Training Program to gain real life freelance experience in a safe environment. Every summer KIS' trained and certified team hosts this 10 week intensive program for up to ten pre-certified interpreters who want to move up from being a student interpreter to a working professional. The focus is on language development, interpreting, and ethics. The participating interpreters will have regular weekly meetings with language and interpreting mentors to receive quality, individualized, personal feedback.

Target Audience for Program
  • Novice Interpreters (Induction/Onboarding)
Deadlines for Application

Applications typically open end of March/early April and close middle of May. Interviews are conducted the third and fourth week of May and the WIN program begins the first week of June with orientation.

Duration of the Program

June - August; 10 weeks

Type of Interpreting
  • In person/onsite
  • Remote
Link to information about
What is the geographic area of your program?Local
Detailed description of geographic area

WIN is based in Minnesota (MN). The weekly meetings take place in St. Paul, but KIS is a statewide interpreting agency, so WIN is sometimes sent outside of the metro for work.

Is there a fee for application, or for joining the program?No
Is there an opportunity for doing paid interpreting work in the program?Yes
Please describe the paid work that could be available.

The WIN interpreting mentors comb through the KIS Platform to find jobs that may be a good fit for the WIN participants. Some work is teamed with a certified staff interpreter, some work is teamed with another WIN interpreter, some work is solo. Some of the work we have sent WIN to in the past:
-Graduation ceremonies
-PRIDE in Minneapolis
-Medical appointments
-Job orientations
-Summer school
-Outdoor interpreting
-Rock climbing training

Website for
Is mentoring available?Yes
Description of mentoring opportunities

There is weekly mentoring required for WIN interpreters to participate in. The meetings are two hours focusing on language development and interpreting proficiency, as well as coping mechanisms. Because the interpreters have graduated, mentors do not assign any formal "homework" to the group, but welcome the group to send any videos of their work for feedback.

Contact Person: NameJamie Schumacher Taylor Goligoski
Contact Person: Phone #1(651) 454-7275
Contact Person: EmailEmail hidden; Javascript is required.