Translator-Interpreter Program

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

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TIP Founder Fatema Sumar and Angelika Kraemer talk Language Access, Equity

The video below is a recording from our April 7th, 2021 event "A Critical Exploration of Language Access and Equity with Fatema Sumar and Angelika Kraemer". Fatema Sumar '01 is the President Biden-appointed Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations for the Millennium Challenge Corporation as well as the founder of the Translator Interpreter Program. Angelika Kraemer is the Director of the Language Resource Center at Cornell University and an affiliated Senior Lecturer in the Department of German Studies. In this event, we discussed the importance and global implications of language learning through Fatema’s and Angelika’s professional experiences.


Are you a bilingual or multilingual Cornell student? 

Consider becoming a volunteer translator and/or interpreter.


Do you provide services and are you in need of translation and/or interpretation?

Consider registering with our program as an agency.


Are you interested in certifying our volunteers' language capabilities?

Consider participating with our program as a faculty member.

Our Numbers

Here's how TIP is making an impact on our community to bridge language and cultural barriers over the past year.


student volunteer translators and interpreters



different languages provided for service


participating Cornell language faculty members



students trained during our Volunteer Training Sessions



community agencies trained during our Agency Training Sessions



translation/interpretation requests received from the community


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