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Sports psychology

For students of psychology at Swiss universities

Programme duration: 3 months

The Sports psychology and social sciences unit is attached to the Swiss Federal Institute of Sport in Magglingen. If you are a psychology graduate of a Swiss university and are interested in sport, you can apply for a 3-month internship in sports psychology with us. The minimum requirement is a Bachelor's degree in psychology. This internship is in great demand, so long waiting times are the norm.

Brief outline of tasks

You will work on ongoing research projects and will undertake small subprojects autonomously where possible. You will also assist with teaching duties and will be responsible for some administrative tasks such as updating our literature database for example.
You will be the perfect fit if you are eager to learn, flexible, like working proactively and autonomously, and are motivated to work in the academic discipline of sports psychology. We welcome applications from ardent sports fans who want to develop themselves while assisting us in our everyday work.

Hospitations in individual consultations are only possible in exceptional cases. Good MS Office skills are mandatory.
Interested students should make inquiries at their own universities as to the credits that would apply to the different fields of study.

Responsible supervisors

  • Daniel Birrer, Psychologist FSP
  • Erika Ruchti, Psychologist FSP 

Administrative details 

  • Catering: free of charge in Magglingen
  • Overnight stay: free of charge in Biel
  • Remuneration : none
  • Internships run for 3 months (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December). Please state which of the four options would suit you. The application deadlines for the internships are as follows: 1 April of the previous year for the January-March session, 1 July of the previous year for April-June, 1 October of the previous year for July-September, and 1 January for October-December.

How to apply

Have we aroused your interest? We look forward to receiving your complete application documents with a short accompanying letter.
Please send everything to our internship coordinator:
FOSPO-SFISM, Erika Ruchti, CH-2532 Magglingen. E-mail:

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM Hauptstrasse 247
2532 Magglingen
+41 58 467 63 22
+41 58 467 64 05


Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

Hauptstrasse 247
2532 Magglingen