The Profession

What it is

Conference interpreting is a highly qualified profession whose practitioners facilitate oral communication among speakers of different languages at international settings.

What it is not

• Translation–which takes place in writing
• Judiciary (also called “court”) interpreting–performed at court hearings, depositions, and other legal settings
• Health-care (also called “medical”) interpreting–at doctors’ appointments and hospitals

What it enables: expert-to-expert communication


Conference interpreters tackle a wide range of specialized subjects at a variety of meetings, including medical conventions and international court proceedings.

They also interpret at field trips, press conferences, training workshops, live broadcasts, and negotiations. Conference Interpreters enable communication at expert-to-expert level.