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Certificate in Translation & Interpreting - For the TRIN certification to be successful, it is our belief that students fulfill the practicum in one or many of the areas studied. This can be accomplished through internships for interpreters and translators to obtain first-hand experience in the field. Students must speak to their instructor about the internships being offered, and once they have selected an internship they must complete the online documents (see below) needed to get the internship approved. Students may only begin their internship after the instructor approves the internship and all of the required documents are completed. Students must keep in mind that individual agencies may have additional requirements that the student will be informed of by that agency, for example, basic training on HIPAA regulations.  *see a detailed list of approved agencies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is an internship required?

The faculty members in Loyola’s Translation and Interpreting Certificate Program recognize that an internship is vital to a student's career success and thus include an internship requirement for every student who has completed the coursework in healthcare, legal or both.  The internship is a valuable and necessary experience to gain professional experience in translation, interpreting or both.

Where do I do my internship?

Loyola's translation and interpreting certificate program works with official organizations and agencies in need of the services of translators and/or interpreters. These agencies and organizations have established partnerships with Loyola's Translation and Interpreting Certificate. 

When do I do my internship?

You may begin your internship as soon as you have completed the appropriate specialized courses.  If you are doing the combination certificate you may begin your 20 hours in a healthcare setting as soon as you have completed the healthcare courses, and you may begin your 20 hours in a legal setting as soon as you have completed the legal courses.  All internships must be completed within one semester.  They may be started in the spring, summer, or fall semesters but must be completed within that starting semester.                   

Why do I have to pay tuition on an internship?

Your internship is considered a course. It is your final course and because you receive three CEU's for the internship, just as you do for all other courses, it is included in your normal tuition. Students should plan for the internship just as they would any other required course. Students enrolled in the program MUST complete the 40-hour internship in order to receive Loyola's certificate in Translation and Interpreting in the field or fields of study they have selected. 

Can the volunteer work I am doing now be considered my internship?

No, until all the required forms have been completed and approved by Dr. Philip no work you are doing now will be considered to be your internship. If you wish to do an internship at an agency not listed here please speak to Dr. Philip.

What are the required steps to begin the TRIN internship?

These steps in the internship approval process must happen BEFORE the student actually begins any work. Each of these documents must be reviewed and approved by Professor Philip. Both the student and the supervisor must agree to the terms and conditions of the internship by completing these online forms. Approval of the internship must be communicated by Dr. Lisbeth Philip and Dr. Uriel Quesada to the student and the proposed supervisor. 
Internship Approval and Agreement Form for Students
Internship Agreement for Supervisors
Independent Study Form (this form is not online, please see instructor)


List of agencies for internships:

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans: Immigration Legal Services has the following internship opportunities.  1) Immigration Legal Services:  Immigration Legal Services offers free or low-cost assist assistance to obtain family-based immigrant visas, adjustment of status to legal permanent residency, naturalization (citizenship) applications and preparation classes, DACA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), B-1/B-2 non-immigrant visas, fiancée petitions, consular processing, travel documents/advance parole, renewals, work permit renewals, affidavits of support, etc.  2) Refugee Resettlement Program:  CCANO’s refugee resettlement program welcomes new Americans to the GNO area with case management support to ensure their self-sufficiency and integration into our community.  Case managers support refugee clients who are resettled here by the U.S. government from countries all over the world - from the time of their arrival at the airport for up to five years after their arrival.  3)  The newest program is currently recruiting immigration attorneys to provide legal representation to the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America who have recently been reunified with sponsors in the GNO area.  In addition to legal representation, these children often arrive having faced significant traumatic experiences in their home countries and during their flight to the U.S. and have significant social support needs

City Hall: The Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office is offering an opportunity for one or more interns from the Loyola Interpretation and Translation Certificate Program to spend a semester at City Hall serving in the capacity of interpreter. Intern(s) will work under the supervision of Laura Mellem in the Mayor’s Office and will assist City staff in a variety of departments to serve limited-English-proficient Spanish-speaking residents of New Orleans. During a shift, interns will greet residents at the front desk and will accompany them to the appropriate department in which they are seeking services.  Intern(s) will then serve as an interpreter between City staff and the resident(s). City Hall is an exciting setting where multiple municipal services are housed.  Common services at City Hall include paying or contesting property taxes; obtaining permits such as a building permit or a special event permit; obtaining licenses such as a general occupational license or a food truck license, and meeting with elected officials on issues of concern.  Interns will have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of legal scenarios in which to interpret, focused primarily on municipal tax, property, and licensing law. Scheduling for the internship is somewhat flexible, although operational hours of City Hall are between 8:00 and 5:00 Monday through Friday, so intern(s) would need to be available to schedule shifts during these times.  The ideal candidate would also be able to commit to a regular schedule (i.e. every Friday from 10:00 to 12:00) to allow the Mayor’s Office to publicize the interpretation service. Contact Laura Mellem, Neighborhood Liaison, at or at 658-4982.

The Department of Health and Hospitals runs the Medicaid public insurance program for the State of Louisiana. In our eligibility offices, we assist customers with inquiries and applications for health coverage. Interns with LDH must take training on HIPAA privacy regulations and sign a Confidentiality Agreement. before beginning. For more information contact Russell Conner at

EXCELth, Inc. Primary Care Network has several sites in the city but there is a great need for Spanish interpreters at their Algiers clinic. They provide the following services: primary care, behavioral health, dental services, social services and OB/GYN as well as some legal services. Interns will perform duties as medical interpreters as well as translating medical materials into Spanish. Students need to attend a required orientation of three hours (HIPAA, medical record safety and protection).  Students must also have up to date immunization and insurance records. The address is 4422 General Meyer Avenue, Suite 103.  They are open Monday through Wednesday from 7 am to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and the first and third Saturdays each month from 8 am to 1 pm. They also have Saturday fairs in which the services of an interpreter are required. The fairs will also count as the number of your internship hours. Contact:  Mary Crooks, MPH - Community Relations/Special Projects Coordinator, Phone: (504) 524-1210  mobile: (504) 914-3573

Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine (GCCM) at Tulane University seeks to engage with community members in New Orleans to serve and heal by teaching participants about food:  how to cook, what to eat, and how to improve their diets, and thereby their health.  GCCM is now focusing on combating nutrition and food related health disparities specific to the Latino population.  The main focus of this project is to translate the Latino-specific nutrition curriculum, recipes, and course materials into Spanish. Contact: Chef Leah Sarris (504) 988-9108

Hagar’s House is a sanctuary for women and children in New Orleans that provides an open and empowering residential community, resource coordination and a safe space to transition into sustainable housing. We are a program of First Grace United Methodist Church and of the non-profit First Grace Community Alliance.   Our community and services are open to those in need without regard to race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, national origin, and age or gender identity. 

Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic provides primary and preventative care services, as well as routine dental services, to the Homeless community of New Orleans.  Students will have the opportunity to provide bedside medical interpretations for the doctors, nurses and dental providers working in the clinic. Students will also be able to translate various health related flyers and handouts and other outreach materials. Contact: Joe Kanter, MD, MPH., Medical Director, New Orleans Health Department - (504) 616-1456.

504 Healthnet is a non-profit organization comprised of 19 community health service providers representing the primary care safety net for Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes. Contact Professor Philip for more information

Loyola's Law School Legal Clinic offers internships in the Wage Claim Clinic- contact Professor Luz Molina, Immigration - contact Professor Hiroko Kusuda, and Juvenile - contact Ramona Fernandez

New Orleans Family Justice Center is a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking through prevention and coordinated response by providing comprehensive client-centered, empowerment services in a single location.

Ochsner duties would be interpreting as well as some translations of medical documents. Student MUST COMPLETE an Attestation form: immunization records, current health insurance coverage, drug screen, background check and sex offender form. Contact: Dolev Melamed - International Department Manager,  (504) 842-3273

Project Ishmael is a new and small immigration legal clinic for children located inside First Grace United Methodist Church in mid-city New Orleans.  It is a program of the nonprofit First Grace Alliance and was birthed in fall 2014 as a partner program of Hagar's House home for women and children.  Roles at Project Ishmael may include helping with both written and verbal translation and language access needs including phone calls, documents, information on our website, or client meetings.

The Advocacy Center for the Elderly and the Disabled:  Document translations from English to Spanish. Contact Professor Philip for more information

The Office of Judicial Administration of Orleans Parish Criminal Court:  The Loyola translation & interpreting program has partnered with the New Orleans Criminal Court to allow students in this program the opportunity to interpret criminal proceedings for real cases in their court.  These proceedings include Pretrial proceedings: arraignments, preliminary hearings, pleas and sentencing Criminal Court and First appearance and preliminary hearings in Magistrate Court. This will allow students to gain experiential learning by interpreting simultaneously and consecutively for real cases in different types of proceedings for Orleans Parish Criminal Court. For More information, please contact Professor Philip –

Volunteer's of America:  Contact: Donna Betzer, Director Marketing | Healthy Lifestyle Choices.  4152 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119 , (504) 486-8667 | C: 504.722.9575 | F: 504.482.1922