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Duke Lemur Center

Founded in 1966, the Duke Lemur Center is an internationally acclaimed non-invasive research center housing over 200 lemurs across 13 species – the most diverse population of lemurs on Earth, outside their native Madagascar.

Field Research Internship

The Duke Lemur Center is looking for participants for our Summer 2022 Field Research Internship program. 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 starting Tuesday, May 31st and ending Saturday, August 6th, 2022. 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 on Saturday, August 6th, 2022.

Experience Required

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 (with the opportunity to submit supplemental application materials to be considered for one of the few paid internship positions). Housing and transportation are not provided. Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including a booster) current negative TB test, documentation of two doses of the measles vaccine (or MMR or measles titer), and health insurance is required.

Further Comments

Internship description and application details can be found here:


Unpaid (limited # of paid positions available at $15/hr). See

How to Apply

To apply to the Field Research Internship, please complete and submit the application below. Applications will be accepted through March 4th, 2022. 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. The listed contacts should send letters of reference directly to the Student Program Coordinator, Erin Hecht ( The applicant should also send their resume to See for details about the limited number of paid positions available and the supplemental application materials required to be considered for one of those positions.

Click here to submit an application for the Field Research internship.

Duke Lemur Center
3705 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: 919-401-1561

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