How to get an Internship with a Translation Agency

How to get an Internship with a Translation Agency

Each day, many people wonder about what they will do as soon as they graduate from high schools, colleges, or universities. They’re not really sure of what kind of job to apply for, mainly because they either don’t have the desired experience for the position in question or don’t have the required qualifications. But, how would they pursue such experience if they never had a chance to work in the field?

The same process happens when you’re ready to apply for a translator job position. Getting an internship with a translation agency or company could help you assemble some experience in the translation field as well as knowledge that you will gather along the way.

You can actually use all of the information you’re gaining working as an intern to build up your own resume, this experience can make a big difference when applying for a permanent position. Future employers will appreciate reading and getting to know more about your experiences during an interview.

You can start by growing a simple and clean resume explaining a bit about yourself and what your goals are when it comes to the translation field. Make sure to emphasize your writing and reading skills. Be sure to highlight how much you know about the language you will be working with. Send your resume by mail or email to many translation agencies and companies that you may be interested in working for. That way you can put yourself out there and be open to many opportunities they have to offer you.

Dos and Don’ts when applying for an internship position:

• Find out who is in charge of recruiting and email/mail your resume directly to this person; sending your application to a general receiver will most likely be received with less interest, than if it was received by the actual recruiter.
• Make sure to always check for spelling and grammar mistakes on your application form and remember to attach a copy of your resume if possible. Do not use short terms when writing important email/mail messages. It may look unprofessional.
• Write a good explanation on why you would like to become part of the company.
• Internship programs are not always paid so being prepared for an unpaid internship is also part of the process. However, many companies will gladly invest their money on training and supporting their interns that are doing a good job.
• Remember to make a list of things you would like to know about the company/agency you intend to work for. You should learn about the company just as much as they want to know about you. It is important to find out about what they have to offer you in terms of benefits, working conditions and working hours.

The CTP team would like to wish you good luck in your future internship, and remember, you can always get in touch with us if you have any questions.

By Vanessa Greenway, CTP Associate

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