FORCE – Forensic Culture in Europe, 1930-2000


BA or MA Internships at FORCE (History Department, UU)

Our project ‘Forensic Cultures in Europe’ is happy to welcome students from both Bachelor and Master tracks to join our team for an internship. The FORCE project studies the history of forensic cultures in Europe by investigating the development and application of forensic science in the England, Netherlands, Russia, and Spain. Each of these countries is studied by one of our researchers through its own particular lens. We would like to offer the possibility to interns to support this research and to gain valuable research skills and hands-on experience with primary sources, as well as the opportunity to work with an international research team.

The specific responsibilities will vary per intern (based on your BA/MA, interests and skills). In general, we are looking for students who will support the researchers in collecting and managing historical data (media, newspapers, forensic handbooks, medical and legal journals, or historical court files). While the main focus of the project is of course on England, the Netherlands, Russia and Spain, we also welcome suggestions for internships that focus on other countries. Specifically, an internship (or thesis project) is available on forensic medicine and psychiatry in the Dutch East Indies (only Dutch is required).

Alternatively, however, we would also welcome students from the field of Science Communication who wish to help us communicate about the FORCE project to a wider audience.

We are looking for BA and MA students (for example in History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Literature, Philosophy, Language and Cultural Studies, or Science Communication Studies) who have:

  • the motivation to work hard, learn a lot, and participate as a member of our team;
  • a strong interest in the cultural history of science of the 20th century and an affinity with the history of science and knowledge;
  • good command of English (since we have an international team);
  • command in one of the following other languages is highly appreciated but not a necessity: Dutch, Spanish or Russian;
  • the ability to work both independently and as a team player.


We offer:

  • internships for BA or MA students (5-15 ECTS);
  • the opportunity to experience what historical research looks like ‘from the inside’ and to be part of a large, international research team
  • the possibility to present your work at one of our project meetings, to publish a blog on our website, or to develop a communications project in relation to our project;
  • reimbursement for travel expenses related to the project.

Interested? Get in touch with dr. Willemijn Ruberg (