Berkshire Immigrant Center

The Berkshire Immigrant Center is accepting applications for internships on a rolling basis  and for remote translators for the Spring 2015 semester.

Volunteer Translators and Coordinators Needed

Immigrants applying for Obama’s Administrative Relief will need to have translations of all documents that are not in English; most of these documents will be in Spanish and are usually birth, death and divorce certificates from foreign countries. Translations are fairly formulaic; templates are available should accommodate a wide variety of Spanish ability levels (all documents would be translated from Spanish to English).

The Berkshire Immigrant Center would like to enter into a partnership with Williams College Spanish Department (or classes)/Service Learning/Student Service organizations to have students translate these documents remotely (using scans and emails), possibly for credit or volunteer hours during the Spring 2015 Semester. As the Center would be charging clients for these translations, the students will be providing a much-needed service for clients while also fundraising for the Center.

Ideally, students would make a semester-long commitment, but committing to a certain number of translations (say 5-10 or more during the semester) might also be possible. We are currently seeking 2-4 volunteers (either student, faculty or staff) to coordinate the translators and briefly check translations for accuracy in spelling of names, dates of birth, typos etc. This position could be shared and, ideally would rotate so each “supervisor” committed for 4-6 weeks only during the semester then passing the job on to the next coordinator etc. Without this extra help, we are afraid the Center might not be able to support this project.

Volunteers for translation and/or coordination of these services should visit www.berkshireic.com to download, print and fill out a volunteer application (under “Donors” tab). Applications can be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 413-445-4802. Applicants should specify what they are interested in helping with, what they can commit to, and their level of Spanish and/or any relevant experience with translation.

Internships

BIC accepts applications for internships during the academic semester of summer to assist the Center in Pittsfield, MA. Summer candidates must be prepared to spend at least 6 hours per week (Monday-Thursday between 9am-3pm) at the 88 South Street program site and must commit to a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer. Candidates during the academic year must be physically present at the site for a minimum of 3 hours a week and must commit to the duration of the semester. All candidates must be present in the office for at least 3 hours at a time.

Responsibilities will include assisting immigrants with typing applications, general office work, interpretation, translation and special projects and events. This is an opportunity to appreciate the diversity of the Berkshire community and help immigrants deal with the challenges of coming to a new country. Computer skills and transportation to and from office are required, Spanish language speakers preferred.

If interested in either opportunity, please visit www.berkshireic.com to download, print and fill out a volunteer application (under “Donors” tab). Applications can be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 413-445-4802.

If applying for an internship that will be connected to your course work or college credit in some way, please be as specific as possible about your school’s requirements. A detailed email from a professor/department head is preferred. Please note that we cannot generally accommodate Winter Study students.

88 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-445-4881

www.berkshireic.com

Contact:
Brooke Mead or Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]

Past Volunteer Opportunities:

Immigrants’ Day 2013