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ATA’s Mentoring Program offers matching services to members at different stages in their career. Mentees and mentors benefit from this mutually rewarding program.

Applications are accepted from January 1 through March 31. The program runs from May 1 through October 31 each year. Mentees will be selected through a competitive application process.

Application deadline has passed.

The deadline to submit an application was March 31, 2022. Plan to submit next year when application submissions open in January 2023.

Mentoring Program FAQ

Who may apply for the program?

  • While any ATA member may apply, members with a few years of experience looking to improve some area of their business practice will gain the most benefit.

What kind of time commitment is involved? 

  • Mentorships last for six months, with the option of extending to one year.
  • One to two hours per month or more may be required.

What do I need to know?

  • The mentee sets the goals and pace.
  • Most mentorships are long-distance.
  • Improving translation/interpreting skills is not in the scope of this program.

What do mentors need to know?

  • ATA certification is not required to be a mentor.
  • A certificate of completion and CE credits will be issued at the end of the program if both mid-term and final evaluations is completed.

Mentors volunteer to help mentees but, in return, they gain new perspectives and appreciation for their translation and interpreting careers.

Mentoring is easy ... except when it's not! Find out how the ATA Mentoring Program smoothes the way for mentors and mentees to build successful relationships.

Becoming a Mentor: Giving Back and Leveling Up

By The ATA Chronicle | March 22, 2022

Mentoring someone isn’t just about sharing wisdom, passing along expertise, or supporting the development of (future) colleagues. Mentoring is also expected to benefit the mentor. Whether you’re working with a student, a new professional, or a colleague, the interactions you have as a mentor will lead you to reflect more critically and deeply on your professional practice.

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Starting Out in Translation? Find a Mentor!

By The Savvy Newcomer | October 13, 2020

This post originally appeared on sciword and it is republished with permission. I was reading one of Kevin Lossner’s blog posts from 2010, titled “No Monkeys!”. He gives 12 pieces of advice—a twelve-step program, as he calls it—for those getting started in the translation business. All of it is great advice and I think everyone…

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Mentoring and Beyond: Business support by and for peers within ATA

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 25, 2020

The American Translators Association (ATA) set up its current mentoring program in 2011, and since then an estimated 240 mentor/mentee pairs have worked together to jointly explore the business side of translation and interpreting. The program has been a big success, so much so that the Mentoring Committee, which is part of ATA’s Business Practices…

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