The Spanish translation and interpretation program equips students with the latest skill sets for exciting and rewarding careers.


We have a well-connected and influential alumni network that is eager to help you launch your career. Our recent graduates are sought after around the world by high-profile government and intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations, Organization of American States, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Investment Corporation, Bank for International Settlements, and U.S. Department of State’s Office of Language Services. They also work for language service companies and educational and nonprofit organizations. Many thrive as freelance translators and interpreters.

As the Spanish-speaking population continues to grow in the U.S., our alumni are in great demand for court, medical, conference, and diplomatic translation and interpretation.

We offer a special training module to help our students prepare for the United Nations language competitive exam for Spanish.

Middlebury Institute graduate Katerina Borghi

Katerina Borghi

Current Employment: Freelance Spanish translator and interpreter (Irvine, California)

First Job after Graduation: Spanish court interpreter at the Superior Court of Maricopa County (Phoenix, Arizona)

Internships: Medical interpretation at Stanford Hospital (Stanford, California), conference interpreting at Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (Santander, Spain)

Immersive Learning Opportunity: J-term Cuba trip

Degree: Translation and Interpretation

Languages of Study: Spanish, English

Institute Advantage: The attention and dedication of the professors together with the network of internships that the Institute has at its disposal gave me the skills as well as the chance I needed to work in places that would have otherwise been out of reach for a newcomer to the profession.

Lucia Falcon Palomar

Lucía Falcón Palomar

Current Employment: Interpreter and translator, Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York (New York City, New York)

First Job after Graduation: Interpreter and consular officer, Consulate General of Mexico in New York (New York City, New York)

Internship: Interpreter and translator, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (New York City, New York)

Degree: Translation and Interpretation

Languages of Study: English, Spanish, French

Learn more about Lucia: Translating and Interpreting for a Drug Task Force


During the summer and winter breaks, students take advantage of internship opportunities at organizations like the U.S. Commercial Service, the United Nations, and Stanford Health Care.

During the semester, our location in Northern California provides students with numerous opportunities to interpret and translate for nonprofit organizations and community events in areas such as health care, agriculture, education, IT, and outreach.

Course Work

Thanks to our small class sizes, you will receive individual attention, immediate feedback, and intensive mentoring from your professors, greatly accelerating your development. This also means you will have more hours of practice in our interpretation booths, giving you a competitive edge once you graduate.

We integrate the latest technology trends into the classroom. As a result, our Spanish translation students learn to work with online corpora, term banks, and other common CAT tools, while our Spanish interpretation students explore new technologies, such as remote interpreting platforms, and interpret for live webcasts of high-profile campus events.

Our students can choose electives such as Community Interpreting as a Profession, as well as medical and legal interpreting classes.

International Students

Our international students greatly benefit from the immersive English environment at the Middlebury Institute. Upon graduation, international students may be able to take advantage of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work in the U.S. for a year (or two years for Translation and Localization Management graduates).

Students from Spain may be able to take advantage of Fulbright and la Caixa scholarships or the European Commission Bursary for Conference Interpreters to fund their education.


Our faculty are active professionals who bring a broad range of experience and expertise to their teaching, having translated and interpreted for organizations such as the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Olympic Committee, local Silicon Valley IT companies, high-profile international conferences, and many more. They foster strong mentoring relationships with students, providing guidance on academic performance and career opportunities.

Cas Shulman-Mora

Associate Professor; Program Head, Spanish Translation and Interpretation

Tel: (831) 647-4161
Office: McCone Building M103

Leire Carbonell Aguero

Associate Professor

Tel: (831) 647-4177
Office: McCone Building M234

Carles Andreu

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Spanish Translation

Tel: (831) 647-6432
Office: McCone Building, M236

George Henson

Assistant Professor

Tel: (831) 647-3549
Office: McCone Building, M235

Barry Slaughter Olsen

Associate Professor

Tel: (202) 601-2353
Office: IIRC Building 5


Student Wins World Literature Today Translation Contest

In her second year in the Spanish translation and interpretation program, Samantha Vila won the World Literature Today student translation contest. Read more

Three Institute Students Excel in UN Translation Contest

Once again, Middlebury Institute students excelled in the United Nations-sponsored St. Jerome’s Translation Contest. Held for the 14 time in 2019, the contest is organized by the Conference Management Service of the United Nations at Vienna. Read more