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high school interpreter
training programs.
We're planning webinars
discussing the translation
and interpreting industry
in Europe, opportunities
for entrepreneurs, and
ones tailored to community
colleges for the remainder
of 2021.
Career fairs also represent
a way to reach students and
faculty to give them an idea
of what to expect working
in the language services
industry. Partnering with
the Wasserman Center for
Career Development at New
York University in March
2020, we helped stage mock
interviews for students
who were preparing for life
beyond graduation.
While webinars provide
us with a broad reach, some
educators we've talked with
have asked for something
more that would " fit "
better into a traditional
academic setting. As a
result, we're piloting a
13-week seminar program
developed with faculty at
Carnegie Mellon University.
The course, which will meet
weekly, includes virtual
visits by professionals
in different areas of the
language services industry.
It will require students
to research questions in
advance and write their
thoughts on the different
perspectives offered.
The latest programs
in the ALC Bridge lineup
include the creation of
the ALC Bridge Speakers
Corps. LanguageLine, an
ALC member, has also
announced they have
created an unlimited
number of internships for
students in interpreting
programs nearing
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graduation. These paid
internships will include
training and work in
situations that will allow
students to sharpen their
skills. We hope the ALC
Bridge Speakers Corps will
provide a way for educators
to pull professionals and
potential employers into
their classrooms to provide
customized content that fits
their program needs.

The Larger Network
The ALC Bridge is more
than a few industry folks
leveraging their personal
academic connections.
By bringing together
employers in the language
services industry,
educational institutions,
and career seekers in a
vertical space dedicated
solely to the language
services, the number of
connections increases
exponentially.
This is where we can all
play a role. Creating an
account on the ALC Bridge
website is free, and we hope
that our network of
partnerships can keep it so
for the foreseeable future.
Please visit the website and
poke around. If you own a
language services company,
the website is a great place
to post openings (or
internships!). If you're a
recent graduate (or just
looking for new clients),
have a look at the current
openings under " Where the
Jobs Are. " If you're an
educator, look at the
materials available to you.
And if there's something
you would like to see or
share, contact anyone on
the ALC Bridge Committee
(info@alcbridge.org) and let
us know.

The ALC Bridge is also creating
opportunities to bring the business
world into the classroom, giving
students a peek at what awaits them.
This article would not have
been possible without the
help of Kathleen Diamond,
the founding chair of the ALC
Bridge. She is principal of
Kathleen Diamond & Co. and
a consultant, entrepreneur,
and business leader in the
language services industry.
She serves as chair of ASTM
Committee F43 on Language
Services and Products. She is
fluent in Spanish and French
in addition to English. She has
a master's degree in 16thcentury French literature from
the University of Florida.

Caitilin
Walsh, CT is
an ATA-certified
French>English
translator
who delights in producing
publication-quality
translations for the computer
industry and food lovers
alike. A past president of
ATA, she currently chairs
ATA's Education and
Pedagogy Committee. She
also serves as presidentelect of the Joint National
Committee for Languages.
She teaches ethics and
business practices at the
Translation and Interpreting
Institute at Bellevue College.
She is also chair of the
Translation and Interpretation
Advisory Committee for
the Puget Sound Skills
Center. She is a graduate of
Willamette University and
the Université de Strasbourg.
cwalsh@nwlink.com
American Translators Association

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