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Internships in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

(available from March 2024 to December 2024)

The PESS Internship is an opportunity for UL students to spend up to eight weeks in PESS gaining experience in one of four research areas, (1) Food for Health, (2) Physical Activity and Health, (3) Sport and Human Performance and (4) Sport Pedagogy. The internship allows individuals an opportunity to work with PESS faculty, explore further their interest and disposition to postgraduate study and / or to consider working in a university setting.  The internship will allow individuals to gain experience in working on a project that entails collecting and processing preliminary data. It may be that a PESS faculty member already has data that requires further analysis and, in such circumstances, the internship would contribute to an already established project.

A maximum of ten internships to be completed by December 2023 are to be offered. Internships will receive €200 a week over a maximum of eight weeks (paid monthly). PESS will not fund associated running costs of the project. The eight week internship can take place at any time but must be completed by December 2024.

Interested candidates are asked to approach a member of the PESS faculty to initiate a discussion on their interests in undertaking an internship in one of the four research areas listed above. The feasibility of the individual working with the faculty member to complete the internship application as well as the faculty member’s availability to oversee the internship should also be established.

A faculty member who wishes to support an internship is required to work with the candidate to submit an application of no more than 1000 words* including headings (*word limit will be strictly adhered to). Applicants should use the below form (please submit as a word document) and clearly state:

(1)    Proposed title of the study

(2)    A Description of the study and how it resides and contributes to at least one of the four research areas listed above; the nature of the (preliminary) data to be collected; a weekly timeline detailing the work to be undertaken during the eight week internship, noting the dates for the internship; and the proposed outcomes at the end of the eight weeks. Confirmation the internship can be completed remotely if required. (allocated 60% of the application assessment weighting)

(3)    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 40% of the application assessment weighting).

(4)    Name of supervisor(s) *Contact should be made with supervisors prior to submitting application

Phase 1 applications should be submitted electronically to and received no later than 12pm on 28 February

Applications received by this deadline will be evaluated on the criteria listed in the previous paragraph and will be considered by a committee chaired by the PESS Research Committee Chair.