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Summer Internships

The Duke Lemur Center (DLC) offers internship opportunities during the summer that allow students to have hands-on experiences to explore their interest in animal care, conservation education or research.

We are not currently accepting applications for DLC summer internships, but you can read below about the different opportunities available. Applications for Summer 2018 internships will be posted in January. If you have questions regarding internships at the DLC, please contact Student Projects Coordinator, Meg Dye (meg.dye@duke.edu)

Thanks to all of our 2017 summer interns!

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Congratulations to 2015 Summer Husbandry Interns Brittany Blackwell and Danielle Lynch for joining our team of full-time primate technicians!

 

 

“…It was a valuable experience that has truly prepared me for my future endeavors in the animal field.” Katie J., Summer 2014

“I was truly amazed at how much time we spent with the animals as husbandry interns, and I loved that I saw the animals every day.” Jamie S., Summer 2013 

“..As far as getting to spend time with the animals, learn a lot about the facility, and actually do research, all the expectations I had about the internship were definitely met…Overall I would definitely recommend the internship to any of my friends interested in primatology! I am going to miss the place…”  Arthur J., Summer 2013

“I have nothing but compliments and praises for this internship!  It was absolutely more than I had expected and I loved every minute.  To be able to work so close with the lemurs and do so much for them, as well as working with the staff was just amazing.  If I have to complain it would be that 10 weeks goes by too fast!”  Holly N. , Summer 2013

“Thank you so much for everything this semester. This has truly been one of the best experiences I have had and I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity! I have grown to love and adore every single lemur at the center and I hope to return soon! This internship has given me so much research experience and has allowed me the chance to reaffirm that this is the field I want to go into!”  Kaitlyn W. – Fall Research Internship, 2012

Click here to check out our DLC Summer Intern video from 2013!

Summer Internships

Field Research Internship

The Field Research Internship program serves to introduce students to lemur research and data collection. The internship provides opportunities in research for interested undergraduate students who have no prior research experience and/or do not have a faculty mentor.

Interns will be introduced to the fundamentals of behavioral ecology data collection in a field setting and will collect data as part of an on-going study of behavior and forest utilization by the free-ranging lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center, contributing to long-term research goals. Interns will be required to complete an independent project within this larger research scope. Interns can expect to gain experience in research design, ethogram development, individual identification, inter-observer reliability, sampling techniques, data collection, and data entry and analysis, among others. Please note that physical contact with the lemurs is not allowed and will not be tolerated.

This program is intended for individuals who are genuinely interested in learning the research process, but who lack prior experience and/or opportunity to otherwise do so.  The summer research program requires a 10 week-commitment and weekly schedules can be flexible, but requires 20 hours of on-site training and/or data collection each week, Monday-Friday. Interns will be required to present their project results (oral or poster presentation) as part of a DLC Intern Symposium.

This is a non-paid position. Housing and transportation are not provided.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must either be currently attending college or graduated within the last three years. Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction, have effective communication skills, and work well both independently and as part of a team.   Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment.  Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds. Intern will be observing free-ranging lemurs in the Center’s outdoor Natural Habitat Enclosures and will be exposed to many insects such as ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes as well as potential contact with plants that can cause itchy or painful rashes, and possibly, to snakes.  DLC staff will train volunteers to minimize exposure to insects, avoid snakes, and identify rash producing plants. Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC.  Proof of a current negative TB test, documentation of two doses of the measles vaccine (or MMR), and health insurance is required.

Husbandry Internship

The Duke Lemur Center is looking for participants for our Summer Husbandry Internship program who are interested in gaining an educational experience at the world’s largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimians. Nestled on 69 acres in Duke Forest, the Lemur Center houses about 250 animals, including 223 lemurs encompassing 18 species, along with lorises from India and Southeast Asia and bushbabies from Africa. Interns will be responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of the Centers’ collection of rare and endangered primates.

Duties include (by approximate percent):

  • Assisting the Technician staff with the daily care of lemurs: 25%
  • Assisting with the daily cleaning of animal areas, kitchen and service areas: 25%
  • Daily diet preparations: 7%
  • Assisting the Technician staff with daily enrichment and behavioral observations: 8%
  • Assisting the Veterinary department with vet room maintenance: 5%
  • Assisting DLC’s staff with data entry, filing and updating animal records: 10%
  • Performing other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission statement as required: 10%

This is a full time, un-paid position (30 hours a week) that is offered during a ten week period. The internship schedule will be for five consecutive days each week with one of the days being a weekend day. Interns will be required to present their project results (oral or poster presentation) as part of a DLC Intern Symposium.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must either be currently attending college or graduated within the last three years. Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction and have effective communication skills. Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds. Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment and be available to work weekends and holidays. Public speaking skills are highly encouraged. Proof of a current negative TB test, documentation of two doses of the measles vaccine (or MMR), and health insurance is required. Interns will be working in the Center’s outdoor Natural Habitat Enclosures and will be exposed to ticks, chiggers and rash producing plants.

Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC. Housing and transportation is not provided.

Animal Enrichment Internship

The DLC Animal Enrichment Internship program introduces interns to the science of animal enrichment and animal welfare and how both interact to fulfill the DLC’s mission of advancing prosimian husbandry, research and education.

Enrichment Interns will research species specific animal enrichment, create novel enrichment to promote natural behaviors, collect and enter enrichment data, assist technicians with cleaning of animal areas, collect browse and learn the general workings of an animal enrichment program.

The program will include introductory instruction in animal enrichment, animal welfare, operant conditioning and data collection. Interns will be required to complete an independent project. The Enrichment Internship requires a 20 hours a week commitment for 10 weeks.

Interns will be required to present their project results (oral or poster presentation) as part of a DLC Intern Symposium at the end of the internship.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must either be currently attending college or graduated within the last three years.  Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction and have effective communication an interpersonal skills. Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds.

A portion of the program will be spent collecting fresh browse for the colony. While collecting browse, interns may be exposed to ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes.  There is also the potential for contact with plants that can cause itchy or painful rashes.  Snakes may be encountered.  DLC staff will train volunteers to minimize exposure to insects, avoid snakes, and identify rash producing plants.

Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC.  Proof of a current negative TB test, documentation of two doses of the measles vaccine (or MMR), and health insurance is required.

Education Internship

The Duke Lemur Center (DLC) is seeking a self-motivated, independent working, and customer service oriented student for our Education Internship. This internship is a multi-faceted position that will include leading educational tours of the facility to a wide variety of groups from elementary school children to mixed aged groups.  With guidance from the Duke Lemur Center’s Education Programs Manager and Education Specialist, the intern will complete an independent project focusing on the development of a multi-aged home school program and assist in facilitating the multiple summer camp sessions sponsored by the DLC. The internship will also include tasks involving the DLC’s visitor center such as merchandise stocking and pricing, running the cash register, answering phones and scheduling tours.

The Education Internship requires 30 hours a week for a consecutive ten week commitment.

Interns will be required to present their project results (oral or poster presentation) as part of a DLC Intern Symposium at the end of the internship.

This is a unpaid internship. Housing and transportation are not provided

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction and have effective communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds. Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment and be available to work weekends and holidays. Public speaking skills are highly encouraged.

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