Service Learning:

Service Learning, Mentoring and Internship:  A Vital Part of Interpreter Education

June 22-August 8, 2015


This six-week course is designed for interpreter educators and mentors who want to learn more about creating an integrated learning and service structured program based on a community focused framework of interpreter education. Participants will explore interpreting students’ involvement from language learning through internship via a continuum of planned and purposeful experiences. Activities will include readings, short online presentations with PowerPoint, participant postings, group discussions, and individual exercises designed to focus learning on each participant’s interpreting program or mentor supervising experiences.

The module will also feature one live, synchronous meeting on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

This module is free. Enrollment is limited to 25 individuals.  The module will be online and requires approximately 18 hours to complete.  After registering, you will receive an email with additional course information. 

Participants will:

  • Review and/or create a philosophy of program approach to students’ participation, learning, and service to the Deaf community.
  • Complete a template designed to explore a continuum of service learning, mentorship and internship of participants’ interpreter education program curriculum.
  • Outline an Internship Handbook for Students based on individual programs.
  • Share with, and learn from, other educators interested in exploring ways to enhance and improve student’s experiences in service learning, mentorship and internship within interpreter education programs.


Linda Stauffer, Ph.D., CSC, OTC, has over thirty years experience in education and interpretation. She is the Coordinator for the Interpreter Education Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and has taught at UALR since 1986. Linda holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Rehabilitation and a B.S. in Deaf Education. Linda oversees the Internship course for the BA interpreting students at UALR.  She developed a mentoring component to one of the advanced interpreting classes and has presented workshops on mentoring around the country.

Northeastern University is approved by the RID CMP to sponsor continuing education activities. The webinar is offered for 1.8 CEUs or ACET credits in the content area of Professional Studies and has an instructional level of Teaching.  There will be a $10 processing fee for CEUs.

To register: click here
Please contact Trudy Schafer at with any questions.
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