Interpreting and Translation Studies


The internship lets our students rise and shine as real-world interpreters and translators at various venues, ranging from world-class universities, international companies, local communities, NGOs to worship services. Students are able to apply their interpreting and translation skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to the 60-hour professional experience. While we provide internship opportunities, students may also seek out their own internship locations with the approval of their faculty advisor.

All MA tracks include an internship requirement which is comprised of a total of 60 hours of interpreting, shadowing, observing and/or data collection, depending on the candidate’s chosen track and the nature of the internship. Interns will work closely with a faculty advisor and an on-site supervisor.

As one of our highlights, the internship is where the dots are connected to help prepare our students for the market.

For assistance with internship placement or questions about community partners, contact Spanish Community Engagement Liaison, Dr. Lauren Miller, at


Wake Forest Baptist Health
Wake Forest Baptist Health provides services to a large LEP population. It has a team of Spanish language interpreters on staff and provides interpreting services 24/7. Interns will initially shadow and observe one or more staff interpreters and then will interpret under supervision of a staff interpreter. ITS interns will experience the professional medical interpreting setting in many different departments of a large hospital.

Carlos Fasola
Language Services Manager
Office of the Patient Experience
p:336.713.3068 | Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem

Community Care Center
The mission of the CCC is to provide access to compassionate, high-quality healthcare services to the medically uninsured and underserved in Forsyth, Stokes and Davie counties. It was established by a group of visionary, retired physicians who wanted to help the increasing numbers of uninsured poor in our community. It is now the largest and most comprehensive free clinic in North Carolina.

Elizabeth Mitchell
Volunteer Coordinator  (336) 723-7904 x1106 | 2135 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem

The Community Care Center also offers a free Dental Clinic on the same N. Walkertown Rd. campus. Contact Jannette Whisenhunt for dental clinic information at

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Mobile Health Clinic
The Mobile Health Clinic is a program to help meet the medical needs of people in the community. The program is a partnership between Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Mobile Health Clinic (MHC), a service of BestHealth For Business, several community-based organizations, and faith communities. The MHC provides medical, nursing, nutrition, cancer screenings, and health education services to both adults and teens who are uninsured in underserved communities.

Shannon Thornton

Shalom Project Medical Clinic
Officially a 501(c)(3) since 2006, The Shalom Project has grown from its early days serving the West Salem neighborhood of Winston-Salem to the organization it is today. In addition to our efforts to assist with the basic needs of medical care, clothing and food, The Shalom Project also oversees long term initiatives to engage with and involve the community in our efforts to reduce poverty and improve our city. The medical clinic runs on Wednesday evenings and provides primary care services free of charge.

Jeffrey Foster
Program Director

Forsyth Hospital/Novant Health
Novant Health is the first healthcare organization in the region to create Diversity and Inclusion Department and appoint a Chief Diversity Officer. Interns work with the Care and Operations Diversity Action Committee to promote outreach and develop strategies. Forsyth Hospital, part of the Novant Health group, provides services to a large LEP population and offers interpreting services 24/7. ITS Interns will initially shadow and observe one or more staff interpreters and then will interpret under supervision of a staff interpreter. Interns will experience the professional medical interpreting setting in many different departments of a large hospital.

Arkia Armstrong
Director of Student Programs 
3333 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem

Downtown Health Plaza
The Downtown Health Plaza, an outpatient clinic of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, is designed to meet the needs of a growing, increasingly diverse population. It provides pediatric, OBGYN and General Internal Medicine services. It provides interpreting services through an on-site interpreting staff. For ISH interns, DHP has detected lack of awareness of the interpreter’s role by the service providers. The ISH intern at DHP would help devise a plan to educate personnel on how to work with interpreters.

Carlos Fasola
Language Services Manager
Office of the Patient 
p:336.713.3068 | Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem
(336) 713-9621 |1200 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Winston-Salem

Southside Health Center
Southside United Health Center began as an outgrowth of community organizing activities lead by Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods and six neighborhood associations in southeastern Winston-Salem in 2003. Leaders from Morningside, Southside, Waughtown Street, Easton, Flatrock and Belview neighborhoods identified healthcare as a community need that is critical to a healthy neighborhood.

Marta Rhodes,
401 E. Sprague St. Winston-Salem

TransPerfert and Language Resource
Students work as on-call & remote medical interpreters. TransPerfect is a translation, E-Discovery and language services company based in New York City:  Language Resource Center is a large Charlotte-based interpreting and translation services provider


High Point Market
The High Point Market, held in High Point, North Carolina, is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, with over 10 million square feet and roughly 2000 exhibitors throughout 180 buildings.
High Point, NC

Internet & Idee
Internet & Idee is a web oriented company operating in the IT industry.


Calvary Church (Charlotte)
Sunday morning worship service is interpreted live into Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Sign language. ITS students have had internship opportunities at Calvary since 2017.

Sibu Rajappan
Pastor of Outreach and Internationals


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County public school system has a large Hispanic student and parent population. The schools are in need of interpreters to communicate with families of students during parent-teacher conferences, home visits, assemblies, school events, curriculum nights, phone calls etc. Its interns will get hands-on community interpreting experience at schools around the county and at the same time have the satisfaction of providing much needed community service.


Nareny Martinez

Multilingual Learner Parent Engagement Manager

District Coordinator Toyota Family Literacy Program

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Tel. (336) 748-4000 Ext. 70440  Cel. (336) 314-5872

Wake Forest University
ITS students have been requested by a number of departments to provide on campus interpreting services for WFU students and parents.

Legal Services

Legal Aid NC
Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove barriers to economic opportunity. They help individuals, families and communities with legal problems affecting basic human needs, such as family, housing, employment and income. ITS interns will help their efforts to support the Hispanic community by translating documents (non-legal) and providing interpreting services in their offices when required.
Legal Aid NC

World Relief Triad
Since 1989, World Relief Triad has worked to empower local religious and underserved communities to help engage and connect them to community partners in the effort to assist refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human
trafficking with services and support that restore lives and hope. ITS interns help as interpreters in orientation courses, legal counseling and other language service capacities as needed.

Wake Forest Law School Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic

This partnership between Wake Forest Law, Wake Forest Medicine, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and the Downtown Health Plaza, an outpatient clinic of NC Baptist Hospital. The MLP Clinic teaches law students to respond holistically and strategically to address health-harming legal needs. The clinic provides free legal counsel to many Hispanic community members who are best served in Spanish.

Allyson Gold 
Director of Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic

Department of Social Services
The mission of the DSS is to improve the capacity of the community to protect the children of Forsyth County who are abused, neglected, or dependent. The objective is to provide coordinated and effective action by the appropriate participation of child protective services, the criminal justice system, law enforcement, medical, and counseling personnel regarding the investigation, assessment, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Many of the cases taken by DSS involve the Hispanic Community. Interns will work with the DSS staff and interpreters to facilitate communication with that community where required.

Jonathan Gutiérrez
Foreign Language Interpreter Supervisor

Bridges to Hope Family Justice Center of Forsyth County

Bridges to Hope brings organizations together in one space. Services are provided at no cost to individuals and families experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, child maltreatment, elder abuse, and human trafficking.

725 North Highland Avenue, Annex 1,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
DeWanna Hamlin

Other Fields

Crisis Control Ministry
Crisis Control Ministry celebrates 50 years of serving our neighbors in need. It provides help with basic life needs to those facing a crisis in Forsyth and Stokes Counties. CCM provides community members with emergency cash assistance, a food pantry, and a free pharmacy at their 200 E. 10th St. location.

Abbey McCall, 
Director of Community and Volunteer Relations

ITS Students have been invited to interpret for events held at a number of universities in neighboring states, including NC State University, the University of South Carolina at Columbia,, the University of South Carolina Upper State,, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte,  

Since 2016, ITS Students have served as volunteer translators for charity organizations such as Red Cross and Smile Train through Translators Without Border, a non-profit organization set up to provide translation services for humanitarian non-profits.