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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.

Fall Internships

Fall 2017 Field Research Internship

The DLC is looking for participants for our Fall 2017 Field Research Internship program. This 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 fall field research program requires a 10 week-commitment starting Monday, September 11th and ending Friday, November 17th, 2017. Weekly schedules can be flexible, but requires 15 hours of on-site training and/or data collection each week, Monday-Friday.

This is a unpaid position. 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, 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. 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.

To apply to the internship program, individuals will need to submit the application below.

The application allows you to list the contact information for two references. Two letters of recommendation are required from those references for your application to be complete and are due by the application deadline of June 16th, 2017. References should send letters of recommendation directly to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu).

Apply online for the Fall Field Research Internship

Fall 2017 Husbandry Internship

The Duke Lemur Center is looking for participants for our Fall 2017 Husbandry Internship program that are interested in gaining an educational experience in 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%
  • Performs other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission statement as required: 10%

The internship will begin Monday, September 11th and end Friday, November 17th, 2017.

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 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.

To apply to the internship program, please complete and submit the application below.

The application allows you to list the contact information for two references. Two letters of recommendation are required from those references for your application to be complete and are due by the application deadline of June 16th, 2017. References should send letters of recommendation directly to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu).

Apply online for the Fall Husbandry Internship

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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

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