Reaching new horizons

When organizing a sport event, one thing is for sure: you will not get bored. The planning and implementing of the competition, the side activities and everything around the event is a complex process including multifarious tasks.


Two NIH male students at kvitfjell

Maxime Cointepas (FRA) and Dominic Buchan (ENG) - picture by Dominic Buchan


Two NIH exchange students in Sport Management are currently experiencing the daily life of event managers by themselves. In the course SPM 375 Internship, Dominic Buchan from England and Maxime Cointepas from France absolve an internship at the organizing committees of two big events: the 2016 Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympic Games and the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup at Kvitfjell.

Since January 2015, the two students have travelled back and forth to Lillehammer to help out the Lillehammer2016 organizing committee in a variety of tasks such as social media mapping, translating documents, designing the ‘story’ behind the YOG mascot Sjogg. As well, besides designing the torch and planning the torch tour which will go through all of Norway some weeks before the YOG, the interns built a snow park for the 1-year-to-go celebration.

A snowpark at dawn outside a church with special lighting in several colors

Snowpark for the one-year-to-go celebration at Søndre park Lillehammer - picture by Maxime Cointepas

Maxime and Dominic also got to visit many other winter sports events, where they arranged the PR activities for the YOG. With the wide range of tasks, they were able to engage with all departments in the organising committee.

To do many different tasks is really good in a way because I improve various skills and I can see different side of the organization” (Maxime Cointepas, France)


Internship students with employees of the Lillehammer 2016 youth olympics

Dominic (right) and Maxime with the former NIH students and today’s emplouyees at Lillehammer2016 Åse-Line Eide (left) and Jens August Dahlsegg (second from right) - picture by Dominic Buchan

Working with the actual implementation of a sport event, the two students enjoyed two week of the internship joining the organizing committee at the World Cup at Kvitfjell.

“The tasks I did were very basic such as setting up the volunteer lounge, write the press release for the newspapers, set up the finish area and other small tasks. We also had the opportunity to go to a captains meeting” (Dominic Buchan, England)

Finish area at the2015 FIS Alpine Ski World at Kvitfjell - picture by Maxime Cointepas

Finish area at the2015 FIS Alpine Ski World at Kvitfjell - picture by Maxime Cointepas

In Kvitfjell, the students learned a lot by observing and “watching the event come up from nothing”. Since the interns then already has several weeks of working experience, they could analyse on how the communication, workforce and assets utilization and effective plans were key to the success of the event.

I believe working for something like the LYOGOC is a great starting point and will hopefully open many doors in the future for me and strongly encourage others to join the intern programme” (Dominic Buchan, England)

NIH students and faculty together at Lillehammer

Maxime and Dominic with the SPM 375 course leaders Dag Vidar Hanstad (left) and Anna-Maria Strittmatter (right) and their internship supervisor Jens August Dahlsegg (middle) - picture by Maxime Cointepas.

The course SPM 375 Internship is offered to NIH Sport Management exchange students that have completed all SPM courses: SPM325 Event Management, SPM326 Volunteerism in sport, and SPM355 Management of Sport Marketing.

Students will spend three and a half months in a sports organization to gain practical experience of Sport Management. The students will be assigned to sports organizations and take part in the organization’s administrative work or with issues related to event management. By spending time in such organizations the students will be stimulated to engage in reflective thinking by bridging academic insight with practical experience. Having completed the internship, the students use April and May to write a semester thesis which will be submitted in June.

More detailed info about the SPM 375 Internship is available here.