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 NameSorenson
Name of ProgramCompass
Description of the Program

Sorenson recognizes that traditional educational paths to becoming an interpreter may not be a fit for those who grew up with Deaf parents. As a result, Compass provides a tailored interpreter education program for nearly fluent Deaf-parented heritage users of signed languages. Compass instructors and mentors work to grow participants’ existing language skills and help them explore their identities and culture. This structured 10-month opportunity is fully online, is offered at no cost to participants, and is designed to put them on track toward becoming a professional interpreter.

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

Rolling Admission

Duration of the Program

10 Months

Type of Interpreting
  • In person/onsite
  • Remote
  • Other
Describe the "other" types of interpreting

other types of interpreting

What is the geographic area of your program?National
Detailed description of geographic area


Is there a fee for application, or for joining the program?No
Is there an opportunity for doing paid interpreting work in the program?No
Website for
Is mentoring available?Yes
Contact Person: NameN/A N/A
Contact Person: Phone #1(000) 000-0000
Contact Person: EmailEmail hidden; Javascript is required.