Internships on the CSPPA (Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity



Internships on the CSPPA (Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity) follow up study at the University of Limerick, Ireland
(available from January 2018 to June 2018)

This internship is an opportunity for individuals to spend between eight and twelve weeks on the CSPPA study.  The CSPPA (Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity) study examines physical activity and sport participation, physical health and wellbeing of a national sample of 10-18 year olds across Ireland.  It is a collaboration between University of Limerick (UL), Dublin City University (DCU) and University College Cork (UCC).  The internship will allow individuals an opportunity to work with faculty across all three physical education and sport science related departments in UL, DCU and UCC.  You will have the opportunity to  explore further their interest and disposition to postgraduate study and / or to consider working in a university setting. The internship will allow individuals to experience working on a project that entails collecting and processing data on physical activity levels and determinants in children aged 10-18 years, writing and presenting brief scientific reports. You would become part of a national team and work with PESS faculty members, and faculty from DCU and UCC as part of this already established project.

Internships are to be completed between January 2018 and June 2018. Interns will receive €200 a week over a maximum of twelve weeks.  Interested candidates are asked to contact Professor Catherine Woods or Mr. Cormac Powell to initiate a discussion on their interests in undertaking the CSPPA internship (All email addresses are below).

A faculty member who wishes to support an Internship is required to work with the candidate to submit an application of no more than 800 words. The application should clearly state (1) the nature of the experience being offered to the Intern on the CSPPA project; a weekly timeline detailing the work to be undertaken during the twelve week internship, noting the dates for the internship; and the proposed outcomes at the end of the twelve weeks (allocated 50% of the application assessment weighting) and (2) the interest, skills and capabilities of the candidate to undertaking such work and the benefit to the applicant and the PESS faculty member in terms of output and future funding (allocated 50% of the application assessment weighting).

Applications should be submitted electronically to  and received no later than 5pm on Thursday 7th December 2017. This deadline will be strictly adhered to. Applications will be evaluated on the criteria listed in the previous paragraph and will be considered by a committee chaired by the CSPPA Principal Investigator and two CSPPA research team members. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 11th December 2017 (please note a training day will run on December 12th in UL). Successful applicants will be required to furnish a report at the end of the internship as well as make a short presentation to PESS faculty and staff.

Email Contacts:

Catherine Woods –
Cormac Powell –

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