Medical Spanish Interpreting
The Spanish Medical Interpreting Program is a 6-year partnership between Kalamazoo College’s Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning and the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies (KCMS). Through this partnership, we are able to provide a much-needed Spanish interpreting service to ensure that the language gap is bridged between medical providers and their patients. KCMS staff always appreciate and think very highly of “K” students , who in turn have enjoyed their work there and the opportunity to interact with the community, broaden their views, improve their skills, and gain experience in a clinical setting.
Qualifications include a language proficiency level of at least the Spanish 202 level (Spanish 205 strongly preferred) and/or study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Bilingual/Bicultural students are strongly encouraged to apply. Clinical experience is preferred, although not strictly required. Interpreting is on an as-needed basis (more information on this can be provided on request). Students must have their own transportation, although it is possible to walk to KCMS (~1 mile from campus).
After signing up for the program, students will be tested for Spanish proficiency and will attend an orientation with the student coordinator to complete forms and address any remaining questions or concerns. Students will also be provided with position descriptions and a Reference Materials Packet at the orientation. Following the campus orientation, we will have a pizza party/orientation at KCMS to familiarize students with the building and its procedures.
For more information, contact Alison Geist at 269-337-7432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.