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sportanddev internship available

seeks a mother-tongue English speaking intern for a six-month internship with the Operating Team in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

The International Platform on Sport and Development – – is seeking a native English speaker to assist the Operating Team in updating the Platform.

The International Platform on Sport and Development or ‘sportanddev’ is run by the Operating Team who are based at the Swiss Academy for Development in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

The Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) is a non-profit organisation, conducting research and operational projects in developing countries on social change. One of SAD’s main areas of focus is on Sport & Development. To find out more about SAD, please click here.

The internship is for a period of six months and is based at the Swiss Academy for Development, in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

The internship period runs from 1 October 2012 - 31 March 2013

Candidates are expected to be very familiar with and to have an active interest in web-based communications and internet-based technologies.

This is a full-time, paid internship (1’000 CHF per month).

The intern will be required to work from Monday-Friday during 'core office hours' (09:00-17:00) from SAD's offices in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Candidates seeking home-based working conditions need not apply.

Job description
You will be responsible for updating sportanddev’s News & Views section by producing and/or editing news articles and adding events to the online agenda. You will be responsible for assisting the Operating Team with animating and moderating the community areas of sportanddev and responding to queries and feedback from the community. You will be responsible for maintaining sportanddev’s social networking presence (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Flickr)

You will be expected to take part in team meetings and to assist with various other activities within the organisation.

Person specification


  • native English speaker
  • excellent writing skills
  • educated to degree level
  • keen, demonstrable interest in web-based communications and internet-based technologies
  • academic background in either international development cooperation, political science, sociology, anthropology, sport management, sport science or any other related fields
  • related work experience


  • volunteering or work experience within a non-profit is an advantage
  • familiarity with the field of Sport & Development is an advantage
  • knowledge of other languages (French, Spanish and/or German) is an advantage

Candidates must have the right to live and work in Switzerland for the full duration of the internship period, prior to applying for this position.

Deadline for applications

[application process is now closed]

How to apply

Please submit your application to Ms. Usha Selvaraju, Project Manager

Your application MUST include:

  • your CV;
  • a cover letter explaining how you can contribute to sportanddev, based on your knowledge, interests and skills;
  • a 200-250 word writing sample in English of which you are the sole author.

All documents must be submitted in either Word or PDF formats. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further information

For further information about this position, please contact Usha Selvaraju by email 


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