Translator-Interpreter Program (TIP)

The Translator-Interpreter Program (TIP) is a student-run program of the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement that trains bilingual and multilingual Cornell students to serve as volunteer translators/interpreters for community agencies in emergency and non-emergency situations.

We are the oldest and largest faculty-certified, student-run translation and interpretation program in the United States.


1. Become a TIP Volunteer Translator or Interpreter

If you are a bilingual or multilingual student wanting to utilize your language skills to serve community agencies in emergency and non-emergency situations, attend a Volunteer Training Session to start your process on becoming a volunteer translator and/or interpreter for TIP!

After you complete training and sign our volunteer contract, you will then be allowed to take a certification exam with a TIP-associated language professor at Cornell to certify your proficiency.

Check below for the latest updates to the modality and location of upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions:

2. Become a TIP Language Faculty Member or Agency/Department

Are you a Cornell faculty member or community member? Learn more about how you can contribute to our mission of building mutual understanding and community trust.

3. Join the TIP Executive Board

Not able to speak another language fluently or want to be more involved than just a volunteer? Apply to join our Executive Board! Click here to download our application and send the completed version to by Monday 3/14 at 11:59 pm.


Taste of Culture 2022

Fatema Sumar '01
Founder of Translator Interpreter Program