Path to Practice


The goal of this opportunity within Options: An Interpreting Cooperative is to foster the growth of novice interpreters by creating the opportunity to work with a collective and diverse group of professional interpreters.  This is an opportunity to bridge the gap between program to practice.


Expectations from Options members – to engage in the developmental milestones of such apprentice/mentee. Examples include: inviting individual to Options meetings, creating space for topic driven professional dialogue, extend invitations to observe the work, share information about the local deaf and interpreter community, meet with the individual when requested to discuss work related quandaries, share leads on paid work opportunities given the right conditions.

Expectations from participant – to support the philosophies of practice within the cooperative (mission, standards, priorities – see Options website), engage with each member of the cooperative, attend meetings when invited, seek opportunities to observe work, seek opportunities to talk about the work, engage with the local Deaf and interpreter community.

What is required from participant:

  • Educational: Successful completion of the educational requirements set forth by RID to sit for a certification exam (alternate pathways included).
  • RID Exam requirement: Have passed the RID written portion of the certification exam or have commitment to the RID written certification exam within 3 months of working with Path to Practice.
  • Language: Competence in ASL and English.
  • Commitment: 12 months.

Submission of interest:

All interested participants must send an email to with the following:

  • Video submission of themselves, in ASL, outlining why they are interested in Path to Practice and what they hope to benefit from this experience.  This video should be posted online and sent to Options as a link within the email.
  • Attach a current resume in a PDF format.
  • Include the best contact information.

All submissions will be acknowledged within 24 hours.  After which point a member of Options will contact the participant with further information.


As a participant in Path to Practice, are there work opportunities via Options?

Paid work opportunities are available as they arise, and if appropriate will be referred to the participant. This includes pro bono and teamed interpreting work.  We make no guarantee of paid work opportunities.

How is Path to Practice different than internship/practicum?

Internships are via a formal interpreter preparation program and has specific requirements for hours of observation, actual interpreting work and in most cases expects a written report from the supervising interpreter with no paid work opportunities.

I am currently a working interpreter seeking mentorship, is Path to Practice right for me?

If you are unsure if Path to Practice is right for you, please contact Options via email at  We can work with you to see what type of collegial support would be the best fit for you and Options.

Does Path to Practice lead to permanent Options membership?

After Path to Practice is completed the individual can submit a formal request for Options membership consideration.  Contact an Options member for further details as to what this entails.

Are there a limited number of participants per year?

Yes, at this time we are engaging with one participant per year.

Meet Emily Carter

Emily Carter is a Novice Interpreter living in the Adirondacks area of New York. Growing up Emily was fascinated by the language her Deaf cousin used to converse with her parents, which she later learned was American Sign Language. In high school she immersed herself in books and websites that talked about and taught ASL. She quickly became passionate about the idea of having a future where she was able to provide access to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community. In 2022, she graduated with her Bachelors of Science degree in ASL-English Interpretation and a minor in psychology from the National Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Emily now works as an interpreter primarily in the K-12 setting, however she enjoys performance interpreting and has a long term goal of interpreting in the mental health field. She continues to make an effort to immerse herself in the Deaf community and is working towards national certification. 

Meet Amea Hammonds

Amea Hammonds is a novice interpreter in the Capital Region of New York. After taking a summer ASL class at the age of 14, Amea decided that she wanted to be an interpreter. She quickly became passionate about providing access to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community. In 2018, she graduated with an Associate’s degree from Mohawk Valley Community College’s Interpreter Education program. Knowing she wanted to continue her education, she attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in 2021. Shortly after graduating, Amea applied for Option’s Paths to Practice mentorship where she got to see what the interpreting profession entails. Currently, she works as an educational interpreter, but her favorite kind of work is cruise interpreting. She continues to grow in the Deaf community and is working towards national certification.