Master’s degree students might want to try their hand at competing for the “Young Interpreters Award” 2020, a project of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Interpretation (DG Interpretation).
Now on its 17th year, the Young Interpreters Award is open to students currently in their final year of a master’s degree in conference interpreting, who are nationals of either European Union member states or candidate countries. Acknowledging the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the 2020 informational leaflet notes that the terms of the UK’s possible withdrawal from the EU may affect the eligibility of British applicants.
To enter the contest, applicants must write in English, French, or German, both a brief speech on a given theme (“Interpretation: The Added Value of a Profession”) and a concise summary of the speech. According to the application materials, “the speech itself should be original; show an innovative, modern and open approach to the interpreting profession in a changing context; [and] have a personal angle.” Deadline for submissions is January 23, 2020.
One winner and two runners-up will be invited to Brussels to attend the 24th edition of the SCIC-Universities Conference, which takes place March 15–17, 2020. There, the students will practice interpreting at a meeting of the European Union and attend a dedicated master class and workshop on communication and presentation skills. The winner will also deliver their speech to the assembled conference participants.
The award, also known as the “Leopoldo Costa Prize,” was established in honor of a previous Senior Interpreter at DG Interpretation. Costa, who passed away in 2000, is remembered as an “invaluable source of advice and assistance to the less-experienced interpreters and particularly to students, to whom he gave unstinting support throughout his career.”