Why would you want to join the Upper Midwest Translators and Interpreters Association (UMTIA)? In addition to providing opportunities to improve your translating or interpreting skills through participation in training workshops, UMTIA also offers other benefits, both to you and to the larger community. A member list allows the public to find a translator or interpreter in the language pair they need. Our website and Facebook pages can keep you informed about the latest information and job offers in the two fields. We offer scholarships to members studying in the field of interpreting. Furthermore, through participation in UMTIA, you can more effectively serve the community of non-native speakers and educate the public on the need for and benefits of clear communication between languages and cultures.
Here’s a more detailed look at some of the benefits that you will enjoy as an UMTIA member:
Increase Your Visibility
Make Personal Connections That Count
Through workshops, member meetings, and other special events, UMTIA provides members with the opportunity to make important and valuable connections with fellow interpreters and translators. These connections make it easier to:
- Discuss vocabulary
- Build glossaries
- Study for certification exams
- Discuss ethical dilemmas
- Support each other through the professions’ challenges and rewards
Network with interpreter services managers, agencies, translation and interpreting organizations as well as other potential employers and local language professionals!
Continue Your Education
Stay Informed and Follow Industry Trends
As a member you will receive updates on the latest advances in the fields, industry trends and challenges, legislative changes, professional development and continuing education announcements, job openings, local, national, and international events, and relevant news articles.
Give Back and Shape the Field
Contribute to justice and well-being for others
Build Up Your Resume
Joining UMTIA is an Investment in Your Career
As you can see from the benefits above joining UMTIA is a great opportunity to improve your skills, meet colleagues and give back to the field. Visit our programs area to see the type of programming that members get access to. If you have further questions about membership, email the membership director at [email protected].
Are you convinced? Fill out our online application and join UMTIA now.
Who Can Join?
UMTIA membership is open to anyone that’s working professionally in the fields of interpreting or translating (including ASL!), as well as anyone who simply wants to support the field. We also have corporate and institutional memberships available.
Currently we have committees that meet to serve the needs of members who work in translation, and medical, legal and educational interpretation. Committees are the backbone of UMTIA! Work together to steer the organization and the professions forward.
UMTIA depends on its membership to continue to grow and offer more programs for the betterment of both professions. Being part of an association gets everyone behind you, together working toward a common goal. We hope you will join UMTIA and become part of a force that can make a difference in your daily work life and in these professions as a whole.