Special Olympics Sport and Competition department is responsible for supporting the global implementation of Special Olympics sport, competition and events including World Games, Single Sport International competitions, Sport Development work involving Coach Education, Sport Partnerships, Unified Sports, Sport Rules and operational work.
Support is needed in monitoring progress and measuring the impact of SOI’s strategic plan and activities to create high quality sport opportunities in communities throughout the world; ensuring research results and data are accessible to all stakeholders; developing surveys and other data collection tools as needed; and making recommendations for using data to guide decision making throughout the Special Olympics movement.
Sport and Competition collaborates with the Research & Evaluation department in documenting the monitoring and evaluation of sport quality in country and state Special Olympics Programs, where they lead the collection and analysis of sport data, and evaluate the implementation of programming.
Sport Development is searching for a University student responsible supporting the review, consolidation and organization of resources for the 32+ Special Olympics sports. Within those duties, this individual will support the collection, review and data analysis of the Sport-specific information. This position supports reaching the strategic plan targets of quality sport for our athletes across the movement.
To expand our capacity for data analysis, SOI Sport and Competition is seeking students who are interested in gaining internship experience in Sport-based participation research and evaluation. Potential internship activities include:
- Aggregate data and research results to create reports and presentations
- Conduct literature reviews on topics, such as community inclusion, impact of sport on health, and long-term health outcomes
- Create and organize research databases
- Review and assist with updating existing data collection tools and resources
- Conduct analysis of sports data (census, partnership audit, evaluation reports, etc.) and develop narrative reports to identify quality metrics and statistical trends
The start and end date for the internship are flexible. Position can be part-time or full-time, and in an Unpaid internship with hours agreed upon by intern and SOI. Eligible applicants must be a current student in Sport Exercise and Science, Education or Research and must be eligible for University credit. Research experience and experience working with people with intellectual disabilities is preferred.
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