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Summer 2011 Internship with Project Bow

Hiring Organization:
Inverted-A, Inc.

Date Posted:
2010-11-20

Position Description:
Interns will work on language acquisition and literacy with Bow, a nine year old chimpanzee. Bow communicates using standard orthography in two languages: English and Hebrew. (Special consideration will be given to applicants who are fluent in Hebrew, as well as English.)

The teaching method involves intensive floortime interactions to draw Bow into as many circles of communication as possible. We use language in context, not rote training. In order to learn, Bow has to be interested in and enjoy the interactions with others.

Interns must respect Bow's considerable intellectual achievements and at the same time be willing to demand even more of him. Interns must maintain realistic expectations and avoid undue sentimentality.

The average workday in the internship will involve three hours playing with Bow, three hours filming others playing with Bow or taking shorthand notes on dialogues with Bow, and two hours editing video footage or transcribing data into the computer.

Interns will be involved in contributing to progress reports in both written and video formats.

Qualifications/Experience:
Native speaker of at least one of the test languages: English or Hebrew. Candidates with fluency in more than one of the test languages are especially encouraged to apply.

B.A. or B.S. in linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, anthropology or a related field.

Application requires a letter of application, CV, two
letters of reference on academic matters, two references from a landlord, and a medical report.

The medical report must include tests for communicable diseases such as TB, hepatitis (all forms)and HIV. It should also include a regular physical and a medical history. Email us to receive the new medical report form.

Interns must be assertive and willing to use their voice in order to command Bow's respect. If you are not able to lower the pitch of your voice or to increase the decibel level as necessary, you will not be able to perform adequately. Some experience working with children with behavioral problems would be a plus.

Salary/funding:
No stipend is available, but room and board will be provided. (There is no travel allowance.)

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Lodging and meals during the internship period will be provided.
There is no allowance for transportation.
The location is secluded. You will need a car.

Term of Appointment:
June 1, 2011 through August 31, 2011

Application Deadline:
April 15, 2011

Comments:
In order to be considered complete, an application must include :
(1) letter of application
(2) CV
(3) Medical report from physician
(a) Blood tests
(b)physical
(c) medical history
(4) 2 letters of academic reference and 2 letters from landlords.
The medical report takes time. It is a good idea to start the process with your doctor at least one month in advance of the application deadline. Ask for our medical report form well in advance of the deadline.

Please be advised that review of applications only begins after the deadline. This means you will not be called for an interview until after April 15, 2011, even if you application is completed early. Please do not apply if you cannot wait until after the deadline to find out if you are in the running.

Contact Information:
Aya Katz
Inverted-A, Inc.P.O. Box 267
Licking, MO 65542
USA

Telephone Number:
573-247-0055

Fax Number:
417-457-6652

Website:
http://hubpages.com/hub/So-you-want-to-work-with-Bow

E-mail Address:
amnfn@well.com

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