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Lemur Husbandry Internship (PAID)- Summer 2023

The Duke Lemur Center is looking for participants for our 2023 Summer Husbandry Internship program who are interested in gaining animal care experience at a research and conservation center for rare and endangered prosimian primates. Nestled on 100 acres in Duke Forest, the Lemur Center houses over 200 lemurs and bush babies across 13 species—the most diverse population of lemurs on Earth, outside their native Madagascar. Interns will be responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of the Center’s collection of primates.

Duties include:
-Assisting the Technician staff with the daily care of lemurs
-Assisting with the daily cleaning of animal areas, kitchen and service areas
-Daily diet preparations
-Assisting the Technician staff with daily enrichment and behavioral observations
-Assisting the Technician staff with daily enclosure maintenance
-Learning from Technician staff about data entry in ZIMS and RedCap
-Performing other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission statement as required

The Husbandry Internship requires a minimum of a 30-hour a week commitment, with the option to work up to 40 hours per week. The internship runs for ten-weeks, starting Tuesday, May 30th and ending Saturday, August 5th, 2023. The internship schedule will be for five consecutive days each week with one of the days being a weekend day.


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 a paid internship position. Interns will be compensated at a rate of $15/hour. Housing and transportation are not provided. Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC. Proof of full COVID vaccination (including a booster), 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, please complete and submit the application linked below. Applications will be accepted through March 3rd, 2023. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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 Program Coordinator, Erin Hecht (DLCinternships@duke.edu). The applicant should also send their resume to DLCinternships@duke.edu.