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Paralympic opportunity for students

Posted on 18/08/2011

Five students are to get the chance to work with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) at the London 2012 Games.

The global governing body will hand-pick five students as interns who are starting the Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Management (Paralympic sport) programme in September, which is being run by the World Academy of Sport, the IPC’s academy partner, and accredited by Royal Holloway, University of London.

The interns will have to complete two week-long placements at the IPC’s headquarters in Bonn, Germany, during the build-up to London 2012 Paralympics. This is where they will find out what jobs and roles they will carry out with the IPC during the Games.

The internships will count towards the assessed work needed for the programme.

Applications need to be completed by 2 September, ready for the beginning of the programme on 27 September.

The IPC stated: “The programme of activity is part of the IPC’s commitment to developing the Paralympic Movement through the work of the IPC Academy, all the way from management, games operations, National Paralympic Committee development, technical officials, classifiers right through to athletes.

“These programmes have been created to provide opportunities to ensure the long-term sustainability of the movement and these internships are another example of such commitment to expanding the reach of the IPC.”

Chris Howorth, from the School of Management at Royal Holloway, said: “These internships provide an excellent opportunity for students to gain invaluable insights into the international area of event management. The Sports Management Programme and these internships will provide a unique chance to work with the IPC throughout the Paralympic Games period in London next year. We are delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the Paralympic Movement.”

More information is available from the IPC Academy or the World Academy of Sport


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