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Canada seeks candidates for internships
Tuesday, 13 May 2009

Commonwealth Games Canada is seeking four Canadians committed to and passionate about sport to be part of a new initiative focused on increasing the sport management capacity of other countries’ Commonwealth Games associations

The Capacity Support Program is funded in partnership by the Commonwealth Games Federation and Commonwealth Games Canada. It’s a three-year pilot program with the first year seeing four interns placed in the Caribbean for 15 months, departing in August 2009.

Interns will work with local Commonwealth Games Associations, in preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in October 2010 in Delhi, India.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Canadians to gain valuable work experience abroad that might not be available to them in Canada,” says Commonwealth Games Canada International Programs Officer, Hannah Juneau. “The interns’ responsibilities will be challenging and rewarding. If you have a passion for multi-sport Games and travel, this is definitely the opportunity of a lifetime!”

The available positions are as follows:

Capacity Support Officer – Barbados Olympic Association – St. Michael, Barbados
Capacity Support Officer – Bermuda Olympic Association – Hamilton, Bermuda
Capacity Support Officer – Jamaica Olympic Association – Kingston, Jamaica
Capacity Support Officer – Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee – Port of Spain, Trinidad

“We are delighted to be partnering with Commonwealth Games Canada on this innovative program,” says Mike Hooper, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation (headquartered in London, England). “Commonwealth Games Canada has already established strong working relationships with many Commonwealth countries, and this program will no doubt be mutually beneficial for hosts and interns.”

The program is offered to Canadians with a post-secondary education in Sport Management, Sport Administration, Health, Physical Education, Kinesiology, Human Kinetics or Recreation.

Interns will work alongside the staff and volunteers of the respective associations, and will be responsible for implementing a Games Management software program called Zeus. Other duties will include assisting with grant applications, proposal writing and Games preparation.

Internships are volunteer positions. Recruited candidates will receive a financial package sufficient to cover all costs, from pre-departure orientation to the re-entry debriefing.

Potential applicants are invited to visit the website: www.commonwealthgames.ca for complete information on eligibility, application procedures, and internship descriptions.

Application deadline is May 28, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

A separate notice about CGC Sport for Development internships will be distributed in the fall.

 

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