2017 Cycle Timeline
Sep 1, 2016: Application opens
Oct 17, 2016: Application closes
Nov & Dec 2016: Interviews and bilingual fluency testing for Round 2 candidates
Jan 9, 2017: Applicants notified of final decision
Feb 6, 2017: Program Begins
Selection Process & Criteria
Round 1: Candidates submit an online application (sorry, we cannot accept applications by mail, email, or fax). We do our best to make sure that the selection process is as fair as possible. The four essay questions on the application are reviewed by a "blind" judging panel. The essays are anonymized so that the judges cannot to see any information about the applicants whose essays they rate. This helps us to avoid any unconscious biases based on name, age, languages spoken, etc.
Our goal is to identify top talent in low-income communities, and give bright, driven multilingual women a chance to enter a professional field that they would otherwise not be able to enter. Our selection process is based on 1) economic need and 2) factors that we believe will lead to success in our program and in the medical interpreting profession. The essays are rated based on the following criteria:
- Please be sure to review the eligibility criteria before applying.
- The application process is highly competitive. Last year we received 385 applications, and accepted only 37 women into the program. With this in mind, we suggest that you invest your best effort into the application, proof-read, make sure that you answer all the questions completely and thoughtfully, and don't wait until the last minute.
- The essay questions are very important. It is your chance to tell us about yourself as an individual. The best responses are usually at least 4-5 sentences long. We strongly recommend that you write your essays separately in a word processor, such as MS Word, Google Docs, or Notepad, and then copy and paste your responses into the form when you are ready to submit.
- Write the essays on your own. The essays should contain your own thoughts and reflect your writing style and proficiency, as these are all factors in our selection process.
- In order to be able to offer the course for a particular language, we need enroll at least 3 speakers of that language. We recommend that you encourage other speakers of your language to apply - especially if you speak a language other than Spanish, Haitian Creole, or Arabic. This will increase the chances of us being able to offer the course for your language.
- Due to our small staff and high volume of interest in the program, at this time we cannot accept walk-ins to speak to prospective applicants about the program. If you have questions, we would be happy to answer them via email or schedule a call, and we strongly encourage you to attend one of our info sessions.
- Please apply only once. Duplicate applications confuse us.
Email Gaye Gentes, Program Manager: