Terms of Reference – Interpreter Internship

Job title Interpreter Internship
Job location Action Against Hunger/Action contre la Faim – Canada – Toronto Office
Type of position Paid Internship or Practicum
Duration Punctual assignments may vary in number and length over the course of


Created in 1979, Action Against Hunger is a non-governmental organization that aims to provide solutions to hunger. Our mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of under-nutrition, particularly during and after emergency situations linked to conflicts or natural disasters. Action Against Hunger focuses on nutrition, health and healthcare practices; food security and livelihoods; water, sanitation and hygiene and advocacy.

Overview of Internship

Action Against Hunger is looking for a highly motivated and committed interns interested to build their interpretation skills to provide support to Action Against Hunger Canada in the interpretation of virtual meetings, trainings, and webinars.

The ideal candidate will have recently finished or will be about to finish their bachelor’s or master’s degree in interpretation, and will have strong simultaneous interpreting capacities for the following combinations:


The candidate must have good organizational skills, be committed and punctual, have a strong internet connection and high-quality headset/sound system; and have good adaptation skills.

Responsibilities and Structure of the Internship

The intern will support a range of virtual events held by Action Against Hunger Canada. The list below provides example of the types of activities an Intern may provider interpretation for:

  • Internal meetings with staff from across the world
  • Webinars hosted by technical staff working in the departments of Gender Equality, Nutrition and Safeguarding or International Programming.
  • Trainings hosted by Gender Equality, Nutrition and Safeguarding technical teams.
  • International (internal) events


A specific set of objectives will be established for each event. The internship aims to build the experience and skillset of the intern and to allow them to contribute to the ongoing work of Action Against Hunger with their talents and competencies. Interns will be provided feedback at the end of each interpretation session.

Interpreter Interns will be expected to:

Prepare for interpretation sessions:

  • Communicate prior to and event with the facilitator/event lead to discuss the content and ensure a common understanding of the session
  • Translation of key technical vocabulary through a triangulation of sources and the utilization of relevant documents (AAH glossary, humanitarian or development reports,
  • Presentation of written translations of content if required


Conduct interpretation:

  • Support the event with simultaneous interpretation in the required language
  • Support lead facilitators to translate questions or comments of participants if necessary

Specific conditions

The following internship will be paid. Working schedules will depend on scheduled events but will largely take place between the hours of 8AM and 5PM. Due to the international nature of our work, events may take place outside of these hours to accommodate people in different time zones.


  • Bilingual in English and French or in English and Spanish
  • Enrolled or recently graduated in a Post-graduate Degree in Translation/Interpretation/Languages/Linguistics or a combination of relevant training and work experience in interpretation
  • Strong verbal communication skills including demonstration of cultural awareness, diplomacy and tact
  • Previous experience/knowledge in simultaneous interpretation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Basic understanding of international development and humanitarian contexts
  • Demonstrated commitment towards Gender Equality and Safeguarding principals.


Action Against Hunger Canada is committed to promoting the well-being of people around the world and focuses its efforts on saving the lives through the elimination of hunger. Action Against Hunger Canada has a zero-tolerance policy for any behavior violating our code of conduct, including workplace violence, harassment and sexual harassment, any form of exploitation and abuse, corruption, fraud and any behavior lacking integrity. Action Against Hunger actively recruits new team members who demonstrate a commitment to our organizational values and principals.

We actively welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities and others who may contribute to our organizational diversity and who share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

All employment and internship offers with Action Against Hunger Canada are conditional upon the receipt of satisfactory references and the signing our code of conduct and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy. Certain positions may be subject to appropriate screening checks.

If you are interested in this internship, please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to

To learn more about Action Against Hunger, visit our website at