Requisition ID R13227 · Begins 6/17/2024

Indigenous Language Keyboard Apprenticeship
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Join SIL International, a respected faith-based nonprofit, in a transformative summer apprenticeship dedicated to Indigenous Language Keyboard Development. This unique opportunity allows you to contribute to the preservation and revitalization of minority languages, making a lasting impact on community empowerment and cultural heritage. You will first learn to use Keyman Developer to create and package a keyboard for a minority language in need. Subsequently, you will leverage this experience to refine existing tutorials, simplifying the process for language groups aiming to develop their own keyboards.

Job Description

Teamwork and Mentorship

  • Engage in meaningful collaboration with SIL's Language Technology Use team, supported by an experienced mentor with extensive expertise in language technology.

  • Enjoy the flexibility of working remotely from home, following an initial week of orientation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Learning and Development

  • Master the Keyman language, focusing on creating new keyboards and modifying existing ones to incorporate new characters.
  • Acquire skills in packaging keyboards for multi-platform use, complete with necessary fonts and documentation.
  • Learn to integrate a vernacular wordlist for auto-complete functionality on mobile devices.
  • Benefit from flexible working hours with daily team check-ins, accommodating remote work effectively.
  • Participate in weekly Language Technology Use meetings to gain a comprehensive understanding of tool promotion and field support.
  • Engage with a curated selection of readings and online materials designed for professional growth.
  • Explore the possibility of earning academic credit in coordination with your college.

Future Opportunities

  • Discover potential employment opportunities with SIL and partnership possibilities with Wycliffe Bible Translators for those deeply passionate about this field.

Application Details

  • Duration: 8 weeks (320 hours total).
  • Location: Remote, with an in-person initiation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Dates: An 8-week period starting June 17 and ending August 9 or 16 (to accommodate a week of vacation, if included).
  • Responsibilities: Develop and package keyboards for minority languages using Keyman Developer, and enhance existing tutorials for community use.
  • Qualifications: Strong writing skills and the ability to tailor content to specific audiences. Experience in computer programming or instructional design is beneficial.
  • Stipend/Benefits: While this opportunity is unpaid, the project value of this internship would be $7,500. If stipends are available through your college, we will work with them or with your home church to help you raise funds if possible.
  • Application Deadline: February 29, 2024.

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Indigenous Language Keyboard Apprenticeship
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About SIL

Dallas, TX - Founded in 1934

SIL is a global, faith-based nonprofit that works with local communities around the world to develop language solutions that expand possibilities for a better life.

Our faith inspires and informs our commitment to expand possibilities for people to thrive. We believe all people are created by God and given language as a means for flourishing. Through language, we understand who we are, experience relationships and explore life’s most important questions.