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How difficult is it to get into a governmental interpretation position?

I am going to major in Applied Linguistics and am also majoring in Spanish at Union University in the Fall and am wanting to carry my career into the governmental aspect. I have also taken three years of (and am fluent in) American Sign Language and would like to incorporate that as well. I pick up languages very quickly. #federal-government #languages #interpretation

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Allison’s Answer

Cheyenne, I don't believe it is particularly difficult to get into a governmental interpretation position. However, most positions like this want you to already have some experience interpreting before hiring you. It would be good to secure internships or part-time positions interpreting and/or translating while you are in college so you can point to that experience. If you can get an internship or part-time position with a government agency, that would definitely benefit you when looking for a full-time position. Consider looking for translation internships at the local or state level or with non-profits in your area. Law firms often have a high need of translation work, too. You may need to work in private industry after graduation for a while before securing a government position. Another thing to keep in mind is getting a security clearance. Often having a clearance of some sort can help you obtain certain government translation positions. Buena suerte!

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