All recent Department of Interpretation and Translation undergraduate degree recipients are employed (69 percent) or in graduate school (31 percent) within one year of graduation. Several continue their studies at Gallaudet, the world's only university that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in this field.

All recent graduate-level alumni of the department are employed.

Alumni Employment
Graduates from Gallaudet's interpretation degree programs work in a variety of settings for organizations, individuals and government agencies. Many alumni have gone on to start their own businesses, receiving contract work in business, education, government, theater, medicine, law, healthcare and video relay.

Alumni Stories

  • Jessica Gabrian, B.A., Freelance Interpreter; President, Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  • Eric Darius, M.A. '97, Supervisory Investigator, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
  • Amy Sanchez-Juarez, M.A., ​National Assessments Manager, Sorenson Communications 
  • Melissa Lopez, M.A. '09, Freelance Interpreter
  • Kacey Lundgren, M.A., Educational Interpreter, Hawaii Department of Education

Internships and Research
Students have completed internships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies and nonprofit organizations in the nation's capital. Several return to their hometowns for internships. The department places interns throughout the United States and the world, connecting professors and students through videoconferencing.

Many MAI students in the Department of Interpretation have published their research, as have most of our doctoral students.