DIGNITY's Talent Programme for Students

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to contribute to the global fight against torture and organized violence as part of your study programme? Are you driven by a desire to learn and to put knowledge to work? Do you have a documented interest related to DIGNITY’s field of work and a strong academic record? If so, DIGNITY’s Talent Programme might be for you.

About the Programme

DIGNITY’s Talent Programme is a programme specially designed for ambitious senior-level students seeking an internship opportunity as part of their academic programme or planning to write a master’s thesis in the field of torture or related topics.

The Talent Programme offers an inspiring, intense milieu at the intersection between theory and practice. As a DIGNITY Talent you will have the opportunity to develop and contribute to knowledge production and the making of a better world together with other DIGNITY Talents and under the qualified supervision and mentorship of experienced DIGNITY staff.

Opportunities are available within DIGNITY’s key areas of work, including:

  • Prevention of torture
  • Rehabilitation including MHPSS to survivors of trauma, torture, and violence
  • Medical aspects of torture
  • Public policy and advocacy
  • Human rights law
  • Development
  • Communication and fundraising
  • Data management, statistics, monitoring, and evaluation

DIGNITY highly values interdisciplinary approaches to understand and address the complex challenges of torture prevention and rehabilitation. It is a key element of the Talent Programme to learn from colleagues with different professional backgrounds and projects, most notably during the Programme’s weekly meetings, where talents get a chance to interact with the wide range of experts and professionals in DIGNITY. Previous DIGNITY Talents have come from the disciplines of public health, law, medicine, psychology, anthropology, sociology, development studies, political science, human security, refugee and migration studies, journalism and many more.

In addition to the general call, we have one specific spot for an intern in the Talent Programme for the spring semester 2022:

The Rehabilitation Clinic in DIGNITY seeks a RESEARCH INTERN FOR THE DANISH TRAUMA DATABASE FOR REFUGEES (DTD) with an interest in data management and quantitative methods to participate in an interesting national initiative, systematically collecting treatment data. The DTD aims to provide knowledge of symptoms, treatment outcomes and sociodemographic information on torture survivors living in Denmark and receiving treatment across the country.

Working with the DTD, the research intern will be involved in tasks related to running the database, including data management, statistical analysis and communication with the participating partners. The intern will also get the opportunity to participate in research projects related to investigating patient characteristics in relation to treatment outcomes.

Successful applicants for this spot at the Talent Programme will have experience in working with data and statistics, a programming language (preferably Stata, or R), and be enrolled at a relevant degree programme (statistics, public health, economics, sociology, psychology etc.).

DIGNITY - Danish Institute against Torture is a self-governing institution independent of party politics, and it is the biggest center of its kind in the world.

DIGNITY is organized in two broad themes: Rehabilitation and Prevention. In both areas we undertake interventions, advocate for change and do research. DIGNITY works in Denmark as well as the Global South. Additional information regarding DIGNITY's activities can be obtained here at our website.

For questions, please contact:

Senior Researcher, Tomas Max Martin:


Or HR Officer, Mia Jørgensen:


Who can apply

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an academic programme with an internship option or plan to write a master’s thesis within one of DIGNITY’s key areas of work (mentioned above).
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Have excellent English skills
  • For internships at DIGNITYs Rehabilitation Clinic in Copenhagen, fluency in Danish is required.

The programme’s two tracks: interns and master’s thesis students

A place on the Talent Programme offers you the chance to contribute to DIGNITY’s vital and inspiring work against torture and violence and to collaborate with senior researchers and qualified senior advisors on ongoing projects either as an intern or a master’s thesis student:

  • Internships last 3-6 months during which you work on one or more DIGNITY projects under the guidance of a qualified mentor. Interning with DIGNITY gives you a unique opportunity to engage in and learn about the dynamic field of human rights, torture rehabilitation and torture prevention in practice.
  • Master’s thesis workplaces are available for 6 months. You work on your thesis with co-supervision from a relevant and qualified DIGNITY staff member in addition to your main supervisor at your university. Writing a master’s thesis at DIGNITY gives you an opportunity to work academically on issues related to the causes, consequences or contexts of torture and violence and receive qualified co-supervision.

The Talent Programme is unremunerated whether you are an intern or a master’s thesis student. DIGNITY does furthermore not reimburse general expenses incurred during the Talent Program. Accordingly, Talents are responsible for expenses regarding transportation, insurance outside the workplace, housing, and cost of living.

When and how to apply

The Talent Programme follows the academic year and runs twice a year with a spring semester starting around 1 February and a fall season starting around 1 September.


Note: If you are applying for an internship as a psychology student at the Rehabilitation Clinic, the deadline for submitting your application is October 28th, 2021.

For the fall semester 2022, we expect to open for applications in May 2022.

To apply, you will be required to prepare following documents:

  • Letter of motivation of 400-600 words, detailing your reasons for applying, your specific interests and whether you apply for an internship or a thesis-writing workplace
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Grade report from your educational institution
  • An example of your written work (preferably bachelor assignment or equivalent)

All documents must be in PDF format. Please note it is only possible to upload two PDF-files and you must merge some of your documents. We prefer to receive your application in English. You may expect to hear about the outcome of your application one month after the application deadline.



Prevention of violence and torture

We work with evidence-based interventions to research and prevent torture and organized violence in poor urban areas.



Prevention of torture

We work to strengthen the adherence to international standards and rules on treatment of prisoners and detainees in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.



In Denmark and abroad

We offer professional, multidisciplinary rehabilitation to victims of torture and other severely traumatized refugees in Denmark and support local rehabilitation services around the world.


DIGNITY's Talent Programme for students - Call for applications for the fall 2019 semester from students with an interest in ‘psychotraumatology’, 'health economics' and ‘outcome harvesting’

In addition to the general call, we specifically (though not at all exclusively) invite applications for the fall 2019 semester from students with an interest in ‘psychotraumatology’, 'health economics' and ‘outcome harvesting’:

We are looking for two engaged psychology interns in the department of rehabilitation in the fall semester.  The interns will participate in clinical research activities related to DIGNITY’s database for trauma and refugees. The database consists of clinical data from our clinic for traumatized refugees.  We work in multidisciplinary teams with individual, group and family interventions.   The interns will also participate in clinical work, and team meetings, and will be supervised by one of DIGNITY’s psychologist.  We are particularly looking for candidates with an interest in psychotraumatology, with research experience, and with an interest in writing a master’s thesis at DIGNTIY following the internship. Only candidates who speak Danish can participate in the clinical activities.

DIGNITY has tested and implemented new monitoring and evaluation methods in several of our international projects and built our capacity to do outcome harvesting in cooperation with our partners and other Danish NGOs. The method will need to be revisited and adapted in 2019 in relation to the data collected and the practical experiences with both harvesting outcomes and analyzing change. We are therefore looking for a student intern with interests and competencies in evaluation and data analysis, who can play an active role in the team’s effort to analyze large pools of qualitative data and present and learn from the findings in dialogue with partners in the South.

It is more and more demanding nowadays to pull costs and benefits of community intervention together and reflect on how they should be valued from different perspectives. In the department of urban violence prevention, we are providing an internship opportunity for the project “Economic evaluation of psycho-social intervention for the at-risk youth in the poor urban areas in Bagong Silang in the Philippines”. The intern is expected 1) to assess whether the choices of Alternative Learning School interventions produce favorable social or economic impact locally and 2) to develop a conceptual framework of economic evaluation similar community interventions fund by DIGNITY. The successful applicant will have knowledge of econometric and health economic methods; skills in cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis or decision tree modelling. She/he is also expected to work independently, take initiative and meet deadlines with high degree of precision and attention to details.

Deadline: 17 May 2019

Information on how to apply