SONIA M. RODRÍGUEZ
Summary of Professional Experience
• Native Spanish speaker from Venezuela, with several years of experience as a translator and interpreter.
• Specialized in English and Spanish language and cross-cultural survey research.
• Cognitive interviews/Focus groups
• English/Spanish translation
• Edited materials
• Provided bilingual trainings
• Tested computer-assisted instruments in public health, education, and social science.
BA, Communications and Public Relations, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, 1983.
2006 to date (company in NC)
Language Specialist. Translates documents for a wide variety of projects, audits field interviewers, and assesses potential bilingual candidates for bilingual positions.
2003 to 2006 Self-employed, Raleigh, NC.
Freelance Interpreter and Translator. Interpreted and translated in Spanish and English for staff and Hispanic families in settings such as therapy sessions and home visits with social workers. Scheduled appointments, coordinated additional services, translated written materials, assisted with form completions, and accompanied staff on field visits.
Interpreted in depositions with injured workers and their attorneys and case managers.
Provided on-site English/Spanish interpretation services between injured Hispanic workers and medical staff during medical appointments and surgical procedures.
Provided simultaneous interpretation for a health-related conference.
Provided on-site interpretation services for real estate agents and builders, helping potential home buyers understand the process of buying a new home, including mortgage transactions and design choices.
Translated health care brochures, sanitation and food handling procedures, personal protection equipment procedures, legal documents, dental consents, lease contracts, medical equipment documents, newspaper articles, and brochures for housing and development.
Conducted voiceovers and recordings in Spanish for Lease Contracts for North Carolina for Spanish-speaking people and voiceovers for training videos for employees in the sanitation and food industries.
2004 to 2005 WakeMed Hospital, Raleigh, NC.
Senior Medical Interpreter and Translator. Interpreted and translated in English and Spanish for medical staff and patients and their families regarding medical appointments, surgical procedures, rehabilitation sessions, hospitalizations, pre- and post-surgery instructions, profiles, and discharges. Translated written documents, such as hospital discharge instructions, postsurgical care instructions, and a new mother instructions book.
1976 to 1986 IBM Corporation (Americas), Caracas, Venezuela.
Communications Specialist. Edited an internal magazine and other internal publications. Conducted public relations and organization of events for employees; arranged exhibits; consulted with staff to arrange promotional campaigns; directed the work of contract personnel including ushers, security guards, caterers, and decorators; supervised all event support staff, including setup crews; and calculated and provided estimates of potential costs incurred in completing an event.