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|Organization/Agency Name||Keyestone Interpreting Solutions|
|Name of Program||Working 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|
|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|
|Link to information about Staff||kisasl.com|
|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:
|Website for Program||kisasl.com|
|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: Name||Jamie Schumacher Taylor Goligoski|
|Contact Person: Phone #1||(651) 454-7275|