International Paralympic Committee 2012 Internships Announced

17 Aug 2011

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, today (17 August) announced a unique opportunity for five individuals to work with them at the London 2012 Paralympic Games as specially selected Interns.

Available only to top students who undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Management (Paralympic Sport) during the next intake (commences late September 2011), the internships programme is offered through the IPC Academy partner, World Academy of Sport and is accredited by Royal Holloway, University of London.

In addition to working with the IPC throughout the London 2012 Paralympic Games period, the internships are structured to count towards the delegate’s assessed work for the programme.

During 2012, and in the lead up to the Games, successful applicants will be required to undertake two, one week placements at the IPC’s headquarters in Bonn, Germany where they will be inducted into their Games time function.

They will then be allocated a specific role within the IPC staff structure during Games time.

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, NPC 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.

Further information for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Management (Paralympic Sport) can be found at or through contacting the World Academy of Sport on +44 161 639 0950 or

Applications need to be completed by no later than Friday 2 September, ready for the beginning of the programme on Tuesday 27 September.

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International Paralympic Committee

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 170 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

For further information, please contact Craig Spence, IPC Media and Communications Senior Manager on e-mail: or call +49-228-2097-230. Alternatively, please visit or www.ParalympicSport.TV

IPC Academy

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has recognised the need to provide educational opportunities for all individuals working within the Paralympic Movement, and has partnered with the World Academy of Sport to create the IPC Academy.

The IPC Academy is the Education Partner of the IPC, working together to improve educational standards within sport throughout the Paralympic Movement and ensuring that executives, administrators and officials have an educational centre that is sensitive to their needs and in touch with industry trends and developments, providing world class programmes.