Information about our Class of 2020
To be eligible to participate in the Found in Translation program, you must be:
A woman aged 18+
If you consider yourself a woman, so do we. Transgender women are women and we encourage them to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to work as interpreters.
Fluent in English and another language
This program trains interpreters (interpreting is for spoken language and translation is for written language), and so you need to be able to speak two languages fluently. You should speak both languages smoothly, comfortably and correctly with only minor mistakes. Selected applicants will be tested for language fluency before being admitted to the program.
Homeless, formerly homeless, and/or low income
Eligibility is based on combined household income, regardless of if the applicant herself is employed. See this chart for income guidelines.
Income category data from the 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines for the Boston - Cambridge - Quincy metro area.
Eligible to work in the United States
The goal of Found in Translation is to prepare women for employment as medical interpreters.
Women who are ineligible for employment in the United States face a legal barrier to employment which is outside the scope of our program, and will therefore not be considered. US employment eligibility requirements can be found at www.uscis.gov/i-9.
Have at least a High School Diploma/GED
This level of education is required for employment as a medical interpreter, and like US employment eligibility, assisting with this type of service is outside the scope of our program. Graduates of our program range in education from recent GED recipients to former doctors in their home countries - and many have some form of post-secondary education.
The diploma can be an international equivalent.
Not already hold a Medical Interpreter Certificate
Please note that we are looking for candidates who have the talent and skill but not the means to enter the Medical Interpreting profession. Therefore, applicants who already hold a Medical Interpreter Certificate will not be considered.
Our selection process is based on economic needs and factors that we believe will lead to success in our program and in the medical interpreting profession (including language skills and motivation).
We encourage repeat applicants, and we give them special consideration in our selection process.
The strongest applicants from the first round are invited to our office for a one hour group introductory session. This is a chance for applicants to learn more about the field of interpreting and for us to get to know them a little better.
Attendance to one of these sessions is mandatory for consideration for our program.
Upon completion of Round 2, candidates are invited for individual interviews.
At this stage, we also request proof of income, housing status (if homeless), and eligibility to work in the United States.
Finalists are chosen and connected to our Language Coaches for bilingual fluency testing, completed over the phone.
Final Selection is made based on information gathered across all rounds of our process.
To accommodate our large pool of applicants, we will be holding public information sessions around the Greater Boston Area for potential applicants to learn about our program and ask questions.
Staff will be present to answer questions after a brief overview of the program and application process.
Everyone is welcome! We encourage applicants to attend an information session since it is a chance for us to meet you in person before reviewing your application. We look forward to seeing you there.