Is it important to get an internship in the translation industry before applying for a larger position?
No—but yes. On the one hand, if you’ve got some experience and/or a degree or certification and good recommendations, why not try to get a paying job in the field? Or if you can, do some freelance work while you’re getting your degree certification, so that you come out of your program with paid experience. On the other hand, someone with little or no experience will often have trouble getting that larger position. So, in that sense, it’s extremely helpful—and quite important—to get an internship, whether paid or not, as that will provide you with experience. And that experience will both stand you in good stead when you start looking for your first “real” paid job as a translation professional.
-By Adriana Tassini
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