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Claire emails potential
projects to interns, proposing
a deadline and asking them
to estimate what they
would charge if it were a
paying job. Interns will
often fail repeatedly to meet
deadlines, underestimating
their other commitments
(e.g., coursework, parttime
work, athletics) and
seriously misjudging the
amount of time required for
quality proofreading. These
are anticipated failures and
ones that provide a unique
learning opportunity before
there are potential economic
consequences that a missed
deadline would produce with
a real LSP. Asking interns to
estimate what they would
charge for their work opens
the door for discussions on
the value of a translator's
time, factors that should
be taken into consideration
when pricing, accepting,
or declining work, and the
greater conversation about
how pricing varies throughout
the translation industry.
When looking to find
direct clients, Claire meets
individually with students
to discuss their areas of
interest, backgrounds,
and any hobbies or unique
pastimes they may have.
From there, the students
and Claire move on to
brainstorming what
companies might benefit
from translated materials
in these areas. This is done
so interns can begin to see
where opportunities exist
around them. Interns will
then reach out to identified
businesses or organizations,
offering their translation
services on a pro-bono
basis. Students quickly
learn that while cold calling
seldom reaps benefits, it
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can sometimes open an
unexpected doorway. This
experience also positions
interns to learn how to
promote the value of
translated materials to
clients who may be unaware
of such opportunities. In
some cases, these direct
clients have been so pleased
with the interns' work that
they've hired the students
on a paying basis after the
internship is completed.
Another central tenet
of the internship is the
value of proofreading and
working with a proofreader.
Each intern is paired
with another to provide
proofreading services,
intervening at two specific
points in the translation
project: after the intern
has completed their own
bilingual review, and after
the intern has completed
their own target language
review. Proofreaders provide
" suggested edits " to their
partners, allowing them to
become more comfortable
with offering honest
feedback. Interns are allowed
to accept or reject their
proofreader's feedback and
are encouraged to discuss
which solution might be
better than another. This
element sets students up
to be open to constructive
criticism and learn how a
different translator might
untangle a particularly
sticky expression, sentence,
or paragraph. It also sets
students up to consider
working with a proofreader
they've learned to trust as
they take the terrifying first
steps into paid work.
Finally, as the internship
supervisor, Claire also
intervenes in each
intern's projects: after the
proofreader suggestions
are accepted (or not) in the
bilingual document, and
again after the same step in
the target document. Her
edits are not suggestions,
but students are welcome
to ask for explanations or
discuss alternate solutions
to the edits she may have
made. Interns return their
completed work directly to
the clients after Claire has
approved the translation.
Making interns responsible
for returning the finished
work to clients teaches
them the value of important
details such as clearly
naming the translation files
to be sent and presenting
themselves appropriately as
professional translators.
What's Next?
This fall, the Clorinda Donato
Center for Global Romance
Languages and Translation
Studies moved into new
facilities with state-of-theart
laboratories and smart
classrooms. In particular, the
lab features interpreting
booths, becoming one of the
few academic sites in the U.S.
to make specialized
interpreting equipment
available to interpreters in
training. The building of an
interpreting program to meet
the crucial need for
interpreters in California,
especially court interpreters,
is the next area targeted for
growth at the Donato Center,
coinciding with the
availability of our new
laboratory facilities. We look
forward to fulfilling our
mission to provide the T&I
training necessary for the
evolving language needs of
our state. We welcome your
inquiries into our program!
Clorinda Donato is the director of the
Clorinda Donato Center for Global Romance
Languages and Translation Studies at California
State University, Long Beach, where she is a
professor of French and Italian. She teaches
literary translation and has published translations of 18thcentury
texts and the co-edited volume, Translation and Transfer
of Knowledge in Encyclopedic Compilations 1680-1830s, with
Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink. Clorinda.Donato@csulb.edu
Claire Ziamandanis, CT is a professor
of Spanish at The College of Saint Rose in
Albany, New York. She began collaborating
with California State University, Long Beach, in
the development and delivery of its internship
program in 2021. An ATA-certified Spanish>English translator,
she has over 25 years of experience in translation and
teaching translation at the university level. She has a PhD in
Hispanic linguistics focusing on dialect variation in the Spanish
of the Americas. claire@claireziamandanis.com
Manuel Romero is associate director of the
Clorinda Donato Center for Global Romance
Languages and Translation Studies at California
State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where he is
a lecturer of translation studies. He has a BA and
MA in Italian studies from CSULB. Manuel.Romero@csulb.edu
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