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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 2022, working with the IRCT on the Torture Journal.

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. If COVID-19 restrictions and conditions permit travel to the 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: March 15, 2022

Notification: April 15, 2022

Working relationship: The intern will work remotely or, if travel restrictions allow, in person at the IRCT headquarters in Copenhagen.

Eligibility Requirements

This fellowship is intended for advanced LSA undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) focusing on international human rights. It is not open to graduating seniors (i.e., students graduating in SP/SU22). Students must return to campus for at least one semester after completing this internship.

Position Description

The fellow will be working together with the editorial team of the Torture Journal in the following four areas:

  1. Support in the development of case studies to be published in the Torture Journal (25%). The Journal has started a section on continuous education where case studies are presented to provide the reader with real cases which the IRCT and/or IFEG are working on. The objective is to arouse reflection and discuss the specificities of the cases. The fellow will be working on the elaboration of the cases and will be mentored by the Editor Associate and Istanbul Protocol Coordinator.
  2. Contribute with a paper to the News section of the Journal (30%). The fellow will contribute with a paper (800-1000 words) to be published in the News section on a topic indicated by the Editorial Team concerning international human rights and the right to rehabilitation.
  3. Manage the Book Review section of the Journal (25%). The Journal has a section dedicated to Book Reviews, aiming for one review per year. The fellow will be managing this section: coordinating with the author, reviewing the paper, providing feedback, and proofreading the final version.
  4. Assist with the indexing of the Torture Journal into Scopus (20%). The Journal has been approved to be indexed in Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The fellow will work closely with the Scopus team.

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.

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.



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.