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Great Ape Research Intern

Hiring Organization:
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Smithsonians National Zoological Parks primate team provides the opportunity for interns to gain experience in aspects of primate behavioral research, looking specifically at mother and offspring communication and development. This intern will also deliver daily research demonstrations geared to the public at the Think Tank building, a unique exhibit which explores the biology and evolution of animal thinking, communication and sociality, focusing largely, though not exclusively, on primates. Interns will also be immersed in daily primate husbandry routines and will assist keeper staff with cleaning enclosures, food preparation, and animal monitoring.

The National Zoological Park is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the worlds largest museum and research complex. The Smithsonian includes 19 museums and galleries, as well as the National Zoo. The National Zoo is a large, complex, and diverse organization with a multifaceted mission: We save species. We provide engaging experiences with animals and create and share knowledge to save wildlife and habitats.

Learning Objectives:

Through this internship, interns will:

- Gain experience in aspects of scientific research. This includes literature review, data collection, and presentation.

- Gain a significant understanding of primate behavior through observation and development of ethograms to quantify natural behaviors.

- Gain experience with public speaking and science outreach: the intern will deliver daily research demonstrations geared to the public at the Think Tank.

- Learn basic primate husbandry including cleaning exhibits, preparing food and enrichment activities, and assisting with animal monitoring.

- Undergraduate students (junior or senior), recent graduates or Masters students in relevant field such as Biology, Anthropology, Zoology, Linguistics, Wildlife Science, Psychology, etc.

- Experience with primates and/or in conducting behavioral research is preferred.

- Previous experience or interest in public speaking: intern delivers a daily research demonstration to a large public audience.

- Ability to commit to a regular schedule, 3-4 days a week, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment with staff and volunteers.

- Professional and self-motivated.

- Ability to stand, stoop, climb, and lift up to 50 pounds.

- Interns are subject to fingerprinting, must pass a background test, and must have a current negative TB test (available at National Zoo upon acceptance).

This is an unpaid internship.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Intern is responsible for making their own housing and transportation arrangements.

Term of Appointment:
Fall Internship, with potential for extension

Application Deadline:
August 20, 2018

To apply, please send the following information listed in one email to Alexandra Reddy:

In your application, please include:

- Professional resume or CV

- A one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position, detailing relevant experience, career goals and explaining what you hope to gain from this internship.

- Contact information for two professional or academic references.

Contact Information:
Alexandra Reddy
Washington, DC


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