Internships and Research



Internships and Research

At St. Kate's, the sky's the limit for advancing your skills in American Sign Language (ASL) and interpreting. You have many unique opportunities for leadership and professional development outside the classroom.

Internship Opportunities

Completing an internship is required for interpreting majors and suggested for ASL majors.

St. Kate's students have been placed on internships in the Twin Cities and across the United States at many locations, including:

  • K–12 education
  • colleges and universities
  • hospitals and clinics
  • performing arts organizations
  • social service agencies
  • government offices
  • professional meetings
  • prenatal classes and deliveries

Undergraduate Research

Our students have presented research papers at national conferences, including the

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference
  • Conference of Interpreter Trainers

Each year, students share findings from their senior research with the University or local community at our "ASL and Interpreting Senior Presentations" event. Past topics include:

  • "Feeling Left Out? Tune-in to Intimate Register"
  • "An Interpreter's Portfolio: Sorting through the Confusion"
  • "Features of Job Satisfaction Among Recent Interpreter Graduates"

Assistantship Mentoring Program​

AMP is an innovative, paid work-and-learning experience that pairs St. Kate's students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on specific projects. AMP gave alumna Ginger Thompson the chance to work with Professor Laurie Swabey on an interpreting research project. Learn more about AMP in our University magazine, SCAN »

Faculty-Student collaboration​

The Student-Faculty Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program provides funding for research partnerships during the academic year and in the summer at St. Kate's Summer Scholars' Institute.

Community outreach​

St. Kate's students and alumnae consistently volunteer or are selected via competitive application to work at state, regional and national events. These include the:

  • 2011 Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Student Ashley Butcher served as conference support staff.
  • 2011 American Association of the Deaf-Blind Symposium in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Alumnae Amy Werner and students Ruby Sparks and Erin Levinski received special training to work with the DeafBlind participants attending the conference.

CATIE C​​enter

The CATIE Center offers unique resources and programs such as the Body Language online modules, ASL Immersion, Deaf Mentor Training, and Interpreting for Deaf-Blind Mentorship for students and working professionals. The center also provides technical support to interpreters and interpreter educators across the region by sponsoring Continuing Education Units and administering certification tests for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

ASL Honor Society​

Membership is open to high-achieving students who have studied ASL for three years and with at least 20 hours of community service.

ASL Club​

This group meets monthly to coordinate events and volunteer in the Deaf Community. It also sponsors events such as Deaf Awareness Week and "silent lunches," weekly gatherings at the campus dining hall for students and Deaf people to have conversations in ASL.