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About the Program

The spoken language Translation and Interpreting (TRIN) Program is designed to educate bilingual students who wish to develop professional interpreting skills and prepare for careers in our increasingly diverse communities. You will train to provide professional interpretation and to work in a variety of areas, including health care, social services, education and legal settings. For those who already have related work experience, the coursework offered will help you improve your skills and provide a certificate or diploma that demonstrate qualifications to your potential or current employers.

Coursework includes consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting, translation techniques, standards of practice and codes of ethics. 

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Silvana Britos Uchidiuno - TRIN Alum

"The TRIN program is excellent. Its first-class faculty really knows the interpreting and translation fields. I really felt privileged by the opportunity to learn from them."


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Potential Job Titles

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  • Interpreter and Translator
  • Supervisor of Interpreter Services
  • Language Services Manager

Salary Data

Interpreter and Translator
Average Wage: $24.04/hour
Top Earners: $36.22/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area -


  1. Course placement in RDNG 1000, or completion of RDNG 0090 with a grade of C or higher; course placement in ENGL 1021, or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher.
  2. Advanced High or Superior rating on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in the student’s weaker language (as determined by program faculty) prior to TRIN 1041 (Information will be provided to students enrolled in TRIN 1031: Standards of Practice and Skill of Interpreting). Scores of Advanced Mid will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  3. The Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions may be required for the internship and courses with practicum, service learning and field experience requirements.
  4. Structured interpreting practicums, service learning and field experiences are important components of quality interpreter programs. Students in the Associate in Applied Science in Translation and Interpreting Program are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of approved practicums, field experiences, or service learning. Students in the Certificate in Translation and Interpreting Program are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved practicums, field experiences, or service learning.
  5. Please refer to the TRIN Program Information link on the Translation and Interpreting Program webpage for more details. Applicants are strongly encouraged to fill out the program information form and meet with the program director prior to starting coursework.