This year over 70 applications came in from young university graduates from IOC member countries wishing to join the official IOC traineeship programme for 2014.
After a selection process made very tough by the excellent credentials of most of the candidates, four successful trainees will begin their five-month traineeship this month at the IOC offices where they will provide support for various Units of the Executive Secretariat.
For the first time since the scheme came into being, the Executive Secretariat will be welcoming a young graduate from Italy who will help the Technical Unit with its technical assistance activities. Another trainee, in this case from Tunisia, will go to the Chemistry & Standardisation Unit.
This year features a new profile –Digital Communication – for which a young Spanish-nationality graduate has been taken on to help with website and press affairs.
Lastly, a Tunisian trainee has been assigned to the Economic Survey to help coordinate a group of experts from member countries who have been tasked with surveying the costs of production of oil-olives.
This year’s programme will no doubt be a very constructive experience both for the successful candidates, who will gain hands-on experience of working for an international organisation, and for the IOC which is always delighted to take on young trainees.