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For immediate release: August 23, 2007
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort, Tamara Kendig

New Jersey Judiciary Offers Court Interpreter Internship Program

The New Jersey Judiciary will offer a supervised internship program for aspiring court interpreters, today announced Judge Philip S. Carchman, acting administrative director of the Courts.

"Our Judiciary is a national leader in implementing statewide procedures and upholding statewide standards for court interpreting," said Judge Carchman. "This internship program exemplifies our leadership in another critical area: recruiting and developing high-quality interpreters to the challenging field of court interpreting."

Under the program, vicinages that have a master-level Spanish interpreter on staff may choose to host an unpaid intern. Interns may gain college-level credit in addition to valuable work experience. Non-students also may apply.

In addition to observing interpreters at work in a wide range of settings, interns will have the opportunity to assist in document translation and some limited interpreting services. They will perform other tasks often completed by staff interpreters such as compiling statistics, providing information to the public on the courts' interpreting services, and performing research on terminology, resource materials and training opportunities.

"The demand for highly skilled interpreters in all kinds of court events has increased steadily in our courts. The internship program will help us develop future interpreting professionals and, we hope, interest them in the highly demanding but very rewarding field of court interpreting," said Judge Carchman.

Interested applicants must be fluent in both Spanish and English. Internships will be posted in the "Job Announcement" section of the Judiciary Web site at njcourtsonline.com. More information about the Judiciary's interpreting program also is available online.

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