Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.
The Duke Lemur Center (DLC) offers internship opportunities during the summer that provide students with the opportunity to have hands-on experiences, exploring their interest in field research, animal husbandry, animal welfare, conservation education, or communications.
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.
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.
Animal Welfare Interns will gain a holistic understanding of the multi-dimensional assessment of welfare and the contributors to optimal welfare including, but not limited to, animal husbandry, medical care, environmental complexity, social structure, enrichment and operant conditioning.
Education interns will gain real-world experience working in a dynamic tour environment, gaining practical skills, building confidence in public speaking, and receiving guidance from seasoned education professionals.
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.
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