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International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims Summer Internship (Copenhagen, Denmark)

The Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC), in partnership with the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) (Copenhagen, Denmark), seeks applications for a fellowship to support a summer internship with the IRCT. The successful applicant is expected to spend at least eight weeks, between May and August 2023, working with the IRCT on membership data collection and research.

The fellowship provides a stipend of $5,000 to defray the costs of living for the internship period. Applications will be reviewed by the DHRC and IRCT. The fellowship will provide an additional $1,000 to reimburse travel expenses.

Upon completion of this internship, fellows are expected to deliver a presentation of their internship projects and experiences and submit a written reflection to DHRC.

The goal of the fellowship is to support an undergraduate with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in human rights. Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the statement of purpose, the applicant’s record of achievement, and their promise for the internship position with the IRCT.

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Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

Notification: April 1, 2023

Working relationship: The intern will work in person at the IRCT headquarters in Copenhagen.

Eligibility Requirements

This fellowship is intended for advanced U-M undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) focusing on international human rights. It is not open to graduating seniors (i.e., students graduating in SP/SU23). Students must return to campus for at least one semester after completing this internship.

Position Description

The fellow will be working together with the Knowledge Development Focal Point and Editor Associate in the following areas:

  1. Data collection from members: the fellow will be conducting interviews with members to collect data on different aspects related to projects and the scope of work of the IRCT. This data will be compiled and categorized in a database.
  2. Contribute with a paper to the News section of the Torture Journal: the fellow will contribute with a paper (800-1000 words) to be published in the News section summarizing and analyzing the results and lessons learned from the implemented projects.

Desired Qualifications

Students can come from a variety of backgrounds, schools, and departments. Basic knowledge concerning academic publications would be an advantage. Some background in psychology, public health, or medicine will also be helpful.

Students should also:

  • Demonstrate their ability to delve into complex texts, including legal and policy documents made at the national, regional, and international levels and medico-legal reports.
  • Be quality and detail-oriented to be able to work with academic papers.
  • Interested in research (research methods and investigation).
  • Enjoy reviewing academic papers.

Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the statement of purpose and qualifications, the applicant’s record of achievement, and their promise for the fellowship position with IRCT.

Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the statement of purpose and qualifications, the applicant’s record of achievement, and their promise for the fellowship position with IRCT.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit: Resume/CV, statement of interest, transcript (incl. GPA), and the name of at least one U-M faculty member who can serve as a reference. Applicants must submit an application via M-Compass.

Contact Informationdhrc-fellowships@umich.edu

About

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

As a network of over 160 torture rehabilitation centers in 76 countries, the IRCT is the world’s largest membership-based civil society organization specialized in the field of torture rehabilitation. The work of the IRCT provides context to health-based rehabilitation within all pillars of the global fight against torture: prevention, accountability and reparation. Together our movement is effective in fighting torture across the globe. The core strength of the movement stems from a triad of values: Solidarity, Equality and Democracy. Our key distinctive feature is a holistic health-based approach to torture rehabilitation. In addition, we define ourselves as private, non-partisan, and not-for-profit, as well as being governed by democratic structures. Our diverse membership shares three common characteristics; each member is a legally independent organization that is rooted in civil society and each provides rehabilitation services to at least 50 torture victims annually. All of our members are committed to the global movement, and its mission to further the right to rehabilitation of every torture victim.

The Torture Journal

The IRCT publishes the Torture Journal, an international scientific journal that provides an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of original research and systematic reviews by professionals concerned with the biomedical, psychological, and social interface of torture and the rehabilitation of its survivors.