Translation internships and mentoring – survey for associations

This survey is part of a series that aims to explore translation internships and mentoring from the viewpoint of different stakeholders: interns/mentees, mentors, organizations running internship programs, educational institutions and translator associations. Through a mixture of learning by doing, expert supervision and building a professional network, internships and mentoring programs serve to accelerate the transition of early-career translators into the profession. Yet graduating students are often under pressure from their educational institutions to complete an internship in order to gain credits, but the internship environment is often quite different from their future work environment. Therefore this series of surveys aims to identify best practices for internship and mentoring so that students, mentors and other stakeholders can make better choices in planning and implementing their internship and mentoring programs.

Please complete this survey if you represent an association that has promoted internship/mentoring programs.
If you participated in an internship/mentoring program as an intern/mentee, please complete our survey for interns/mentees,
If you participated in an internship/mentoring program as a mentor,
If you represent an educational institution, please complete our dedicated survey,
If you represent an organization that runs internship programs, please complete our survey at
Please also share information about these surveys among other stakeholders.

Most questions in the present survey are in multiple-choice format with predefined answers that will help us establish some useful statistics. Text boxes are added for comments after each question, and we expect to gain insight from the added comments. Please use these fields to express your views in a more specific way than what the answer options allow. The survey can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes even if you add comments to most questions.

When you click on “Next page”, you will see all questions. There are no mandatory fields: you can skip any question that you do not wish to answer. Yet, detailed information, including demographic data, will help us identify trends in much more detail. All information you provide will be treated anonymously unless you specify otherwise.

We plan to publish the full survey report and make it available for free to survey participants and other interested parties. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. I thank my colleagues, Catherine Howard and Maria Karra, for their help in creating this survey.

Attila Piróth
Freelance translator

* 1. Which association do you represent?

* 3. What types of membership exist in your association?

* 4. What is your role in the association?

* 6. Who are eligible for participation in your mentoring program as mentors? [Select all that apply]

* 8. Who are eligible for participation in your mentoring program as mentees? [Select all that apply]

* 9. What kinds of internship/mentorship setups does your association oversee? [Select all that apply]

* 10. How does your association oversee translation internships? [Select all that apply]

* 13. How many mentees applied for participation in your mentoring program...

* 15. How do you select mentors among eligible candidates?

* 16. How do you select mentees among eligible candidates?

* 17. How are mentor-mentee pairs formed?

* 18. How important are each of these criteria in matching mentors and mentees?

  Indispensable Very important Somewhat important Irrelevant
Mentee works in the same language pair as mentor
Mentee aims to specialize in the same subject field as mentor
Geographical proximity so that mentor and mentee can physically meet

* 19. What percentage of mentees are

  0-20% 21-40% 41-60% 61-80% 81-100%
Established professional translators
Freshly graduated translators (with a degree in translation)
Last-year translation students
Translation students (not in their last year)
Other (please specify)

* 20. How many mentees does each mentor typically have at the same time?

* 21. How many mentors does each mentee typically work with?

* 22. How long does your mentorship program typically last (in months)? (Round it to the closest whole number unless the duration was less than 1 month)

* 23. How many hours of work per week does the mentorship program represent for the mentee (including translation work, administrative work, consultation with the mentor, etc.)? [Round the number of hours to the closest whole number]

* 24. Overall how much time does each mentor devote to mentoring (per program)?

* 25. Do you encourage interaction among mentors in the same program? (If yes, how)?

* 26. Do you encourage interaction among mentees in the same program? (If yes, how)?

* 27. Do mentees produce published / commercially used translations?

* 28. Where do the texts they translate for publication / commercial use come from? [List some examples]

* 29. How do mentees learn about translation or business-related topics during the mentorship program?

* 30. What topics do mentees typically learn about? [Select all that apply]

* 31. Did you advise your mentees to follow in-person or online courses outside the mentorship program?

* 32. Does the internship/mentorship program coordinated by your association serve your mentees as part of their university/college curriculum?

* 33. Do your mentees get university/college credits for completing internship/mentorship programs coordinated by your association?

* 34. Does your mentees' university/college oversee the internship/mentorship program coordinated by your association? If so, how?

* 35. If your association built a partnership with partner universities/colleges for mentoring, who initiated it?

* 36. Is tuition typically free or paying at your partner universities/colleges (if applicable)?

* 37. Do mentees get paid in the internship or mentorship programs coordinated by your association?

* 38. What criteria determine whether mentees get paid in the internship/mentorship program?

* 39. Do mentors get paid in the internship or mentorship programs coordinated by your association?

* 40. What criteria decide whether mentors get paid in the internship/mentorship program?

* 41. What benefits did mentors mention to have derived from acting as mentors?

* 42. What references do your mentees get at the end of the internship/mentorship program? [Select all that apply]

* 43. Please share any further details about your internship/mentorship program. (If you have a detailed description of the program, please include a link as well)

* 44. How do you advertise your call for mentors and mentees?

* 45. Please add here any comments about this survey

* 46. If you feel comfortable with adding your name and email address, please do so here. It will allow us to contact you with questions related to the survey (if you approve), and send you a copy of the survey report.

  Yes No
I can be contacted directly about this survey
Send me a copy of the survey report
Contact me directly with similar surveys in the future
My name can be added to my comments cited in the survey report