About Us

The TIP Board, made up of undergraduate students, serves as a year-long partner to all three groups (Students, Cornell Language Faculty and Community Agencies) and facilitates their cooperation. Training sessions are held each semester for each group, and the Program works in the following way: prospective volunteers are trained at the TIP Volunteer Training Session and their language skills are confirmed by Cornell language faculty members.

After the submission of all necessary documents, volunteer contact information and call hours are posted on a password protected TIP Database. Only the agencies that have attended our Agency Training Session and understand the workings of the Program are able to access the database. The agencies contact the volunteers themselves or through the TIP Board, and our volunteers provide necessary services.*



*TIP volunteers are NOT professional translators/interpreters. They are only able to accept assignments through the Program or the Public Service Center.  Although all of our volunteers have attended our Training Session and their language skills have been confirmed by the instructors for their respective languages, their interpretations/translations cannot be said to be "official" in any way. 

**If you are a community agency who is in need of our services or like to be part of TIP please email us at translator@cornell.edu or contact Joyce Muchan, Assistant Director of Student Programs, Advisor, by email (jdm1@cornell.edu) or phone (607-255-8851).

About TIP

Translator Interpreter Program (TIP) is a student-run program that addresses the language needs of the Cornell and Ithaca communities. TIP trains its interpreters and translators for emergency and non-emergency situations in the Ithaca and Tompkins County communities. TIP seeks volunteers from the Cornell and Ithaca communities to act as translators/interpreters in emergency and on-emergency situations.

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