Translation internships and mentoring – survey for interns/mentees

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 participated in an internship/mentoring program as a mentee.
If you acted as a mentor, please complete our survey for mentors, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TR-int-M.
If you represent an educational institution, please complete our dedicated survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TR-int-U.
If you represent a translator association that has promoted internship/mentoring programs, please complete our dedicated survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TR-int-A.
If you represent an organization that runs internship programs, please complete our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TR-int-O.
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

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* 1. Please indicate your age.

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* 2. What is your gender identity?

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* 5. How long have you been a translator?

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* 6. What is your professional status?

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* 7. What degree do you have?

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* 8. Are you a member of any professional associations etc.? [Select all that apply, and add any relevant details in the Comments field]

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* 9. Are you a certified member of any professional translator association? [Select all that apply]

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* 10. Please indicate your membership on translation portals and professional networks

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ProZ
TranslatorsCafé
GoTranslators
Upwork (Elance)
LinkedIn
Translation-related groups on Facebook

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* 11. What is/are your native language(s)? [If you have more than one native language, please indicate each one]

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* 12. Which of these describes best your internship/mentorship setup?

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* 13. Did you have one or more mentors?

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* 15. How long did the mentorship/internship program last (in months)? (Round it to the closest whole number unless the duration was less than 1 month)

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* 16. How many hours of work per week did the internship/mentorship program represent (including translation work, administrative work, consultation with the mentor, etc.)? [Round the number of hours to the closest whole number]

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* 17. Where did you physically work? [Select all that apply]

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* 18. How did you interact with your mentor? [Select all that are relevant]

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* 19. How many other mentees/interns were involved in the same program?

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* 20. Please describe how you interacted with other mentees/interns in the program (if applicable)

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* 21. During the internship/mentorship program, how many standard pages of published / commercially used translation did you produce?
(1 standard page = 250 words)

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* 22. During your internship/mentorship program, did you translate ...

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* 27. If there were any further source or target languages involved in the translations mentioned in Q22, list them all here.

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* 28. What kind of texts did you translate for publication / commercial use? (Make sure to share only non-confidential information about these texts.) [Select all that apply]

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* 29. What feedback did you receive on your translations?

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General assessment of the quality of the translation
Revised version of the translated text
Explanation of important corrections

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* 30. Was your translation revised by your mentor or by others as well?

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* 31. What aspects of the received feedback did you find most useful?

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* 32. What would have made the received feedback even more useful?

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* 33. Did you revise other translators’ work during the internship/mentorship program?

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* 34. Did you get feedback on your revision? [Select all that apply]

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* 35. Were you involved in terminology work?

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* 36. Were you assigned tasks as a project manager?

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* 37. Were your project management activities (if applicable) supervised by your mentor?

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* 38. Did you participate in any other phase of the translation process (project preparation, desktop publishing, etc.)?

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* 39. What other productive task would you have liked to be involved in?

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* 40. What administrative tasks were you given?

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* 41. What topics did you discuss in detail with your mentor? [Select all that apply]

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* 42. Which discussed topics did you find most useful and why?

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* 43. What other topics would you have liked to discuss with your mentor?

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* 44. Were you advised to follow in-person or online courses outside the internship/mentorship program?

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* 45. Was the internship/mentorship program part of your university/college curriculum?

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* 46. How did you find this internship/mentorship program?

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* 47. Did you get university/college credits for completing this internship/mentorship program?

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* 48. Did your university/college oversee this internship/mentorship program? If so, how? [Select all that apply]

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* 49. Did you get paid in this internship/mentorship program?

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* 50. Overall how much time did your main mentor devote to your mentorship/internship program? [Estimate if necessary]

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* 51. Did your main mentor get paid for acting as a mentor?

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* 52. Were the translations you participated in subsequently sent to clients, used for the organization's marketing, or used for any other commercial purposes? If so, how?

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* 53. Did your mentor / the organization that set up the internship program offer you paid work at the end of your internship/mentorship program?

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* 54. What references did you get at the end of the internship/mentorship program? [Select all that apply]

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* 55. Did you acquire paying clients through your internship/mentorship program?

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* 56. Did you establish links with colleagues during the internship/mentorship program that later led to paid work?

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* 57. Please share any further details about your internship/mentorship program

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* 58. Please add here any comments about this survey

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* 59. 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.

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I can be contacted directly about this survey
Send me a copy of the survey report
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My name can be added to my comments cited in the survey report

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