VITA/IRS Internship: Interpreter

Interns will provide free language interpreter services to low income (needy) customers who are not fluent in English. Basic tax knowledge is helpful, but it is not required for this position. If you choose to train and become certified in Tax Law, you will provide return preparation for limited English speaking taxpayers. Spanish speaking volunteers are always needed and volunteers knowledgeable in Southeast Asia and African languages.

Start and end dates: January 20, 2018 through April 15, 2018. Training (on-line) December/January

Location:  Northwest Community Center – 154 Lawn Street, Buffalo
(Lawn Street is off Military between Kenmore and Hertel Ave.)

Day(s) of the week the intern needs to be on site:  Wednesdays 4:00PM – 8:00PM and/or Saturdays 8:30AM – 1:30PM

How many hours: Hours can be adjusted to accommodate the intern’s activities and studies

Session(s) for internship? Late autumn (Prep) through tax season which ends in mid April (Winter-Spring)

Any age requirement? None

Any course prerequisites: Must be fluent in Spanish or Southern Asian and African languages. Basic tax knowledge is helpful but not needed.

Specific skills, if any, required: Requires excellent communication and compassion skills.

Specific duties:  You can choose a volunteer role that doesn’t require tax law certification. The hours are flexible, the training is free and the time commitment is up to you. Basic training can be completed in approximately 8 hours. Orientation is provided and shadowing with an experienced volunteer is provided until you are comfortable. You will be seated next to your assigned mentor throughout the filing season as your on-site resource. Typically, there are 8-12 volunteers for each session. Interns will be working with low income, needy, individuals.

Any forms an intern needs to complete prior to working within organization?: Upon completion of the on-line course you will receive a certificate of completion

Number of interns accommodated per term: 1 to 2