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The Duke Lemur Center (DLC) offers internship opportunities during the summer and throughout the academic year. DLC Internships allow students to have hands-on experiences to expand their strong interest in animal care, education or research.

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

Thank you to all of our 2015 Summer Interns! You all did an amazing job!

 

 

 

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

“The Lemur Center exceeded my expectations. I had expected to enjoy my time there and learn a lot, but not as much as I ended up doing.” Ryan S., Summer 2014

“…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 love 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 in!”  Kaitlyn W. – Fall Research Internship, 2012

Summer Internships

Application Deadlines

We will accept applications for the 2017 Summer Education and Fossil Collections Internships through March 24th, 2017.

Academic Credit

If your school offers academic credit for your internship hours and project, please let us know. We are glad to provide documentation and evaluation to assist with receiving credit hours. Required forms, academic goals and evaluation process must be discussed with DLC’s Student Project Coordinator prior to the start of the internship. Please contact your school for specific requirement details.

2017 Summer Education Internship

The Duke Lemur Center (DLC) is seeking a self-motivated, independent working, and customer service oriented student for our 2017 Summer 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 a consecutive ten week-commitment starting Tuesday, May 30th and ending Saturday, August 5th, 2017. The internship requires 30 hours a week. Work hours will be from 10:00 – 4:00/ 5 days a week (Tuesday through Saturday or Sunday through Friday).

Interns will be required to present their project results (oral or poster presentation) as part of a DLC Intern Symposium on Saturday, August 5th, 2017.

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. Intern 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. Proof of a negative TB test (within the past year) and health insurance is required.

To apply to the internship program, please complete and submit the application below. Applications for the Education Internship will be accepted until March 24th, 2017. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Two letters of recommendation must be received before the deadline for an application to be complete. The application allows you to list the contact information for two references. Two letters of recommendation from the listed contacts must be sent directly to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu).

Apply online for the Summer Education Internship

Summer Fossil Collection Internship

UntitledThe Division of Fossil Primates (DFP) at the DLC is seeking a 2017 Summer Fossil Collection Intern. The DFP houses a collection of approximately 30,000 fossils specimens, mostly from Egypt and Madagascar. The collection forms the basis for research focused on the origin of higher primates (Anthropoidea = monkeys, apes and humans) and the origin and diversification of lemurs. In addition the DFP has recently received a collection of fossil mammals from Colombia which are in the process of being added to those specimens now housed at the DFP. The intern will be involved in unpacking and cataloging the Colombian collection which includes approximately 4,000 specimens from the Miocene (12 million year old) locality of La Venta.

The intern will be introduced to the fundamentals of museum collection curation from acquisition to specimen processing, to identification and data-basing and ultimately to safe and accessible storage. The intern will be required to complete an independent project within the larger structure of the curation process. Interns can expect to gain experience in museum skills such as safe handling of fragile and irreplaceable fossil specimens, the process of identifying and describing museum specimens for curation, data-basing of specimen and locality information, proper methods of fossil preparation and conservation, digital capture of specimens including both 2D and 3D imaging techniques, and how to safely store fossil specimens without unduly limiting their accessibility for study. The intern must be capable of lifting and carrying 50 pounds because some of the work involved will be physical in nature.

This program is intended for individuals who are genuinely interested in learning the museum curation process but who lack prior experience and/or opportunity to otherwise do so.  The summer intern program requires a 10 week-commitment starting Tuesday, May 30th and ending Saturday, August 5th, 2017.  Weekly schedules can be flexible, but requires 15 hours of on-site training and/or data collection each week, Monday-Friday. Preference will be given to applicants who can devote larger blocks of time (e.g. 5 hrs/3 days) rather than more and shorter shifts.

Interns will be required to present their project results (oral or poster presentation) as part of the DLC Intern Symposium on Saturday, August 5th, 2017.

This is a unpaid internship. 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 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.

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

To apply to the internship program, please complete and submit the application below. Applications will be accepted until March 24st, 2017. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Two letters of recommendation must be received before the deadline for an application to be complete. The application allows you to list the contact information for two references. Two letters of recommendation from the listed contacts must be sent directly to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu).

Apply online for the Summer Fossil Collection Internship

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