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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 field research, animal husbandry, animal enrichment, conservation education, or communications. Check back in January 2019 for applications for the Summer 2019 Intern Program. If you have questions regarding internships at the DLC, please contact Student Projects Manager, Meg Dye (meg.dye@duke.edu).

Application requirements include:

  1. Completed online application
  2. Two letters of recommendation, sent directly from the author
  3. Current resume
  4. Writing Sample and Portfolio- for the Communications Internship application only

Internship Questions:

Internship FAQ

DLC Internship Frequently Asked Questions

If I am applying to multiple internships at the DLC, do I need to submit different references/letters of recommendation for each application?

For candidates applying to more than one internship, you may submit the same letters of recommendation for each internship application or you can submit different letters of recommendation for an internship if the letter of recommendation highlights strengths and experience for a specific internship.

To whom should my references address my letters?

Applications are reviewed by the internship coordinator for each department. If you applied to the husbandry internship, the letter should be addressed to the “Husbandry Internship Coordinator.” If you applied to the field research internship, then “Field Research Internship Coordinator” would be appropriate, etc..

How will I know if my application is complete?

You will receive an email letting you know that your application is complete once all application materials have been submitted, including both letters of recommendation and a current resume. If you are applying to the Communications Internship, please see the internship description for the additional application requirements.

I see that I am required to obtain certain immunizations if selected for an internship opportunity. Will the DLC pay for this?

No, all immunization costs are up to the intern. All immunizations requested are for your safety as well as the safety of the animals. Upon acceptance, each intern will also be required to pay a $15 health clearance fee.

Is housing provided for DLC interns?

No, the DLC internship program does not provide housing or a housing stipend for interns. While you must find your own housing, selected interns will be given access to several housing search resources for the Durham area.

Is transportation provided?

No, selected interns must have their own transportation to get to and from the DLC.

Is this a paid internship position?

No, all DLC internships are unpaid.

Is there an age restriction for interns?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must either be currently attending college or graduated within the last three years.

What file format is best for resume and letter of recommendation submissions?

PDF format is preferred for resumes and letters of recommendation. Those application items must be emailed to erin.shaw@duke.edu by the application deadline for an application to be complete. For communications internship applicants, submission instructions for the digital portfolio are included in the internship description.

I am interested in applying to the summer internship program, but can't start on May 29th or I am unable to attend the August 4th Summer Intern Symposium. Are the internship term dates flexible? Will I be considered for the internship if I am unable to be present for the full extent of the internship or attend the Intern Symposium?

Unfortunately not. All summer interns must be available to start on May 29th and work through August 4th. Attendance and presentation of an intern project at the August 4th Intern Symposium is a requirement of the internship. Interns also must be present every Tuesday from 12-1PM during the internship term for weekly seminars.

How will I hear if I have been selected?

Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 2nd, 2018. Only candidates who are selected to receive a phone interview will be notified by March 9th. All candidates who receive a phone interview will be notified of the final decision by March 19th, 2018.

I applied for a position but was not accepted. Can I apply again?

Absolutely! If you were not selected for the upcoming internship term, we encourage you to resubmit an application for a future internship term.

 

Internship Descriptions and Applications:

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.  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.

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.  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.

This is an unpaid position. Housing and transportation are not provided. 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. Upon acceptance, each intern will be required to pay a $15 health clearance fee.

A current resume and two letters of recommendation must be received by 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 references must be sent directly by the author to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu). The applicant should also send their resume to erin.shaw@duke.edu.

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 prosimian primates. Nestled on 69 acres in Duke Forest, the Lemur Center houses about 250 animals, including 18 species of lemurs, lorises and bushbabies. 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: 30%

Assisting with the daily cleaning of animal areas, kitchen and service areas: 30%

Daily diet preparations: 7%

Assisting the Technician staff with daily enrichment and behavioral observations: 8%

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: 15%

The Husbandry Internship requires 30 hour a week for 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. Interns will be working in the Center’s outdoor Natural Habitat Enclosures and will be exposed to ticks, chiggers and rash producing plants.

This is an unpaid position. Housing and transportation are not provided. 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. Upon acceptance, each intern will be required to pay a $15 health clearance fee.

A current resume and two letters of recommendation must be received by 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 references must be sent directly by the author to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu). The applicant should also send their resume to erin.shaw@duke.edu.

Animal Enrichment Internship

The DLC is looking for participants for our Summer Animal Enrichment Internship program. This program will introduce 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 behavioral 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 consecutive ten week-commitment. The internship requires 20 hours a week. Work hours will be from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday – Thursday.

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 and interpersonal skills. Applicants must be able to lift 30 pounds.

A portion of the program will be spent collecting fresh browse for the colony. While collecting browse, interns may be exposed to many bothersome creatures, such as 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.

This is an unpaid position. Housing and transportation are not provided. 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. Upon acceptance, each intern will be required to pay a $15 health clearance fee.

A current resume and two letters of recommendation must be received by 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 references must be sent directly by the author to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu). The applicant should also send their resume to erin.shaw@duke.edu.

Education Internship

The Duke Lemur Center (DLC) is seeking a self-motivated, independent working, and customer service oriented student for our 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. 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.

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.

This is an unpaid internship. Housing and transportation are not provided. Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC. Proof of current health insurance is required. To apply to the internship program, please complete and submit the application below.

A current resume and two letters of recommendation must be received by 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 references must be sent directly by the author to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu). The applicant should also send their resume to erin.shaw@duke.edu.

Communications Internship

The Communications Internship provides an opportunity to learn about all facets of the Duke Lemur Center, as well as to hone writing and design skills and -- as a final project -- to develop a portfolio-worthy publication with guidance from the DLC's Director of Communications. The internship also includes tasks ranging from photography and design to marketing, blogging, and social media.

Applicants should have graphic design experience, and proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign is highly desired. Likewise, a solid grasp of documentary photography and the principals and elements of design is highly desired. The intern is expected to provide his or her own laptop and camera with lens/lenses.

In addition, applicants should have a strong desire to learn, professional drive, and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Highly creative, driven individuals with an aptitude for writing and design are perfect candidates for this position.

The Communications Internship requires a consecutive 10-week commitment. The internship requires 20 hours a week. Work hours will be 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Interns will be required to present their project results as part of a DLC Intern Symposium.

Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

Researching stories, including online research and interviewing and shadowing DLC staff

Assisting with printed and electronic newsletters, including planning, research, writing, photography, and layout/design

Writing, publishing, and sharing engaging content on the DLC website and blog

Designing flyers, graphics, webpages, and other marketing materials for special events, tours, and general brand awareness

Final project:

With guidance from the Director of Communications, the Communications Intern will create a 30- to 36-page full-color printed newsletter showcasing the history and three-pronged mission (research, education, conservation) of the Duke Lemur Center. In doing so, the intern will consult with various departments, shadow and interview staff, write articles in an appropriate style, gather images, create infographics, and lay out the final newsletter in InDesign according to DLC and Duke University style guidelines. This is a fantastic opportunity to build self-confidence, practice project management, and hone writing and design skills while producing a final project worthy of a professional portfolio.

Application:

In addition to the application and letters of reference, applicants should submit a digital portfolio of relevant work (photos, design, etc. – maximum of 10 pieces) and two writing samples.

Ideally, at least one writing sample should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to research a topic, then pull everything together into a coherent and engaging narrative for the general (non-scientific) public; for example, a research-based blog post or a newspaper article.

Digital portfolios should be sent either (1) via link to the applicant’s personal website; (2) via link to a dedicated Dropbox folder; or (3) by attaching a single PDF file. If submitting via Dropbox, all images must be in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 3.0 MB per image. If submitting a selection of your work via PDF, we suggest a couple of pages totaling no more than 2 MB.

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 and interpersonal skills. Applicants must be able to lift 30 pounds.

This is an unpaid internship. Housing and transportation are not provided. Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC. Proof of current health insurance is required. Proof of a current negative TB test, documentation of two doses of the measles vaccine (or MMR), and health insurance is required. Upon acceptance, each intern will be required to pay a $15 health clearance fee.

A current resume, two letters of recommendation, writing samples, and your portfolio must be received by 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 references must be sent directly by the author to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu). The applicant should also send their resume and other application materials to erin.shaw@duke.edu.

Thanks to all of our 2018 summer interns!

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

 

 

“The DLC is a place with an incredible sense of community; everyone here builds each other up. This positive energy is educational and so important to how I hope my future work environments will operate – rather, how I’ll work to make them operate.” Lisa M., Summer 2018

“This summer was amazing! I learned so much and felt supported and mentored throughout the entire process. It was truly incredible!” Kyle T., Summer 2018

“..Spending time with such incredible animals and growing my knowledge and skills in the field in a fun and meaningful way was unforgettable and totally brag worthy.” Abby S., Summer 2018

“…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!

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