We get it. It's been a crazy summer and start of fall, full of aquatics action, catching up with family and friends and the turn to a new semester for those still in school. But FINA still has an opportunity on the table that you shouldn't miss: applying for the second class of the FINA Athlete Internship programme. Carve out some time to write that cover letter and update your CV this weekend because the deadline is 5th September, midnight Central European time.
FINA ATHLETE INTERNSHIP, PART II: WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
Following a successful spring 2022 debut to the FINA Athlete Internship programme, we are back looking for applicants for two paid six-month internships. With a mission to cultivate aquatic talent both on and off the competitive field of play, recent and current aquatics athletes that competed at the showcase events of the aquatics world – the FINA World Championships, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and the Olympics – are invited to apply. If you competed at any (or two, or all!) of these events and have an interest in helping us grow aquatics sports through our development activities and sports events, we have a programme tailor-made to help jump-start your progression from being an elite competitor.
WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR
Since you can remember, you have had a passion and purpose for aquatics. Whether it be the pool, open water or the diving platform, you fell in love with your sport. You paired this passion with poise and professionalism to rise to the sport’s upper ranks.
After years of chasing high performance, you might be interested in trying out a new career path — especially one that draws on your skills and experience as an athlete.
Perhaps you would like to give back to the aquatics community, and stay connected to your sporting roots while also cultivating a professional career path beyond the field of play. However, how does one begin on this professional career journey?
If you’re determined to unearth this side of your talent around water, here’s your chance to join the global governing body of aquatics sport.
FINA wants to tap into your talents to help us deliver the biggest and most exciting aquatics events to cap off an ambitious year and help us deliver on creating an even better 2023.
We are offering a new opportunity of two paid six-month internships for athletes that competed at an elite international level in the past four years. This includes the 19th FINA World Championships Budapest 2022, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the 14th and 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) events.
Best of all, you’ll be an integral member of FINA’s hard-working and knowledgeable sports operations team and have an opportunity to work at some of our upcoming events!
Wherever you are, this is your shot. Take it. Be original, be yourself and show us your love and knowledge for aquatics sports. To put yourself in the candidate pool, it’s as simple as sending FINA your CV alongside a letter expressing your interest in the internship. Don’t delay; we hope to hear from you today.
KEY CRITERIA FOR GETTING THE INTERNSHIP
You are an Aquatics athlete that competed at an international-level championship in the last four years, possesses a native or working level of English, and has either started or completed a university degree. We give extra consideration to candidates that have earned a four-year university degree with a focus in Business or Sports Administration.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
You will work with local organising committees, liaise with national swimming federations and operate between various FINA departments and stakeholders to manage and run competitions in Swimming, Artistic Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, High Diving, Water Polo, and Masters.
WHEN WOULD YOU START?
We are flexible on the start date, but we look to have the internship position (up to six months in duration) start at the beginning of 2023.
HOW IS THE INTERN EXPERIENCE AT FINA?
You don't want to hear from us, rather those who are currently holding the role. Here's what the first class of FINA interns had to say about their experience.
WHICH EVENTS YOU'D BE FOCUSED ON
The intern starting in the spring would focus on helping deliver FINA World Series events across a range of aquatic disciplines along with the 20th FINA World Championships next summer in Fukuoka, Japan.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please send your CV and cover letter expressing your interest in the internship (500 words max) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timing counts, both in competition and in the hunt for an intern position before 5 September 2022. All candidate applications will be reviewed starting in September.