Internship FAQs

  1.  Can I apply for more than one internship at Chimp Haven?

    Yes, you may apply to multiple internships by submitting the same application packet and reference letters. In your cover letter, please specify which internships you are applying for and rank them in order of preference.

  2. Why do I need a car?

    Chimp Haven is located in a remote area 20 miles from Shreveport. It is mandatory to have a vehicle in case of emergencies since public transportation is not available. Taxi service and public buses are available in Shreveport but neither expands outside the city limits to Keithville where Chimp Haven is located. If staying at one of our trailers on-site you will need a vehicle to access food and groceries. The closest corner store/diner is over five miles from Chimp Haven; the closest grocery store is in Shreveport. Every intern must have a personal vehicle; sharing with another intern is not allowed.

    In the past, interns have driven themselves to Louisiana, rented a car upon arrival, or had their car shipped to Louisiana for the duration of their internship.

  3. Will I get to touch a chimpanzee while I am there?

    No. We have a strict no-touch policy at Chimp Haven for all staff members and volunteers. Chimpanzees are wild animals who can behave unpredictably. Anyone who touches a chimpanzee will be asked to leave.

  4. What are the differences between each internship?

    Daily duties and assignments do vary by internship. A general description of each is listed below but you will have a chance to ask more specific questions about differences if you are selected for an interview.

    Chimpanzee Caregiver – designed for those individuals wishing to gain experience with chimpanzees and will focus on their basic needs such as diet, sanitation, socialization, enrichment, and security. Through the experience, interns will gain knowledge of chimpanzee behavior and animal care.

    Behavior – designed for individuals wishing to study captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment. Interns will be introduced to chimpanzee behavior and behavioral data collection, as well as being introduced to environmental enrichment methods and practical application. Other opportunities may include data entry and summarization, learning how to conduct literature reviews and preliminary analysis.

    Environmental Enrichment – designed for individuals interested in environmental enrichment in captive chimpanzees. Interns will be introduced to chimpanzee behavior, as well as environmental enrichment methods and practical application. Opportunities will be provided to learn to prepare enrichment items and clean enrichment devices. Additional opportunities may involve researching, suggesting, constructing, and assisting in implementing new enrichment ideas as well. Opportunities may become available for data collection on the efficacy of enrichment.

    Veterinary – designed for both veterinary and veterinary technical students in their third or final clinical year to participate in the medical care of captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment.  Interns will have a chance to participate in the veterinary medical care of an aging captive population of chimpanzees and the management of an AAALAC internationally accredited, USDA licensed sanctuary.

  5. When should I apply?

    Applications for each of our internships are accepted year round. A general suggestion is to apply approximately three months before you would like your internship to begin. If you apply too early, your application may not be reviewed until all positions are filled for the previous season (Ex. If you apply in August for a Winter internship your application may not be reviewed until all Fall internship positions are filled). Summer positions are our most competitive so we do have an application deadline of March 18th. We may begin reviewing summer applications before this date so early applications are encouraged, particularly for a May start date.

  6. Can I apply if I am no longer a student?

    Yes, anyone may apply for any of our internships.

  7. Are your internships competitive?

    Yes, course work in animal behavior, biology, anthropology, psychology, zoology, education or related fields is preferred. Please see each internship listing for individual coursework suggestions. Experience working with primates or other animals is also preferred for all chimpanzee related positions. Experience in informal education or working with children is preferred for our education position.

  8. What will my typical schedule be like while interning?

    Schedules will vary by department but it is typically a 7-8 hour workday with an hour break for lunch. Interns usually work Monday-Friday unless we need help with a special event on evenings or weekends. Interns have all major holidays off.

  9. What is on-site housing like?

    On-site housing may be available for $25/week. We have three residence trailers which each have three bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and living/dining area. All bedding, towels, cookware, and dining ware is provided. You may be asked to share a room with another same-sex intern particularly during a summer internship.

  10. Can I bring my pet? Can a spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend stay with me?

    No. If you are staying in Chimp Haven’s housing no pets or guests are allowed. Most interns will share a trailer with another intern who may be allergic to your pet or uncomfortable with guests. If you would like to participate in our internship program and need to bring your pet/spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend you will need to find your own accommodations.

Internships

Chimpanzee Care Giver 

Internship Description: Animal Care – Husbandry Internship
Date Posted: Open throughout the year

Internship Description: Chimp Haven, Inc. will provide a unique opportunity for three individuals interested in the behavioral or biological sciences to learn and participate in the care of captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment. This internship is designed for those individuals wishing to gain experience with chimpanzees and will focus on their basic needs such as diet, sanitation, socialization, enrichment, and security. Through the experience, interns will gain knowledge of chimpanzee behavior and animal care.

Qualifications/Experience: Please send unofficial transcripts , two letters of recommendation, resume and a cover letter which details your interests, dates you are available and any other qualifications.All internships will be competitive. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. A general understanding and concern for the well being of animals is required. Coursework in primatology, biology, or animal behavior is preferred but not required. Proof of a negative TB test and Tetanus vaccination is required. Must be over 18 to apply.

Salary/funding: The internship is on a volunteer basis and provides no stipend. Housing may be available on site for the term of the internship at a rate of $25 per week. Personal vehicle is required (non negotiable).

Internship Term: Full time, 40 hours per week, available time frames throughout the year. Please request time frame in cover letter. Minimum eight week commitment. Please send application materials to afultz@chimphaven.org or the address above.

 Chimpanzee Behavior – Behavior Department 

Internship Description: Chimp Haven, Inc. will provide a unique opportunity for students in the behavioral or biological sciences to study captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment. Interns will be introduced to chimpanzee behavior and behavioral data collection, as well as being introduced to environmental enrichment methods and practical application. Other opportunities may include data entry and summarization, learning how to conduct literature reviews and preliminary analysis.

Qualifications/Experience: Please send unofficial transcripts , two letters of recommendation, resume and a cover letter which details your interests, dates you are available and any other qualifications. All internships will be competitive. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Coursework in primatology, biology, or animal behavior is preferred but not required. Proof of a negative TB test and Tetanus vaccination is required, must be 18 years old to be considered.

Salary/funding: The internship is on a volunteer basis and provides no stipend. Housing may be available on site for the term of the internship at a rate of $25 per week. Personal vehicle is required (non negotiable).

Internship Term: Full time, 40 hours per week, please request dates in cover letter. Minimum 6 week commitment, 8 weeks preferred.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year round, but to be considered for a May or June internship, please have your applications in by March 18th. Please send application materials to: afultz@chimphaven.org or the address above.

Behavior Department – Environmental Enrichment 

Internship Description: Chimp Haven, Inc. will provide a unique opportunity for interns to participate in an environmental enrichment program for captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment. Interns will be introduced to chimpanzee behavior, as well as environmental enrichment methods and practical application. Opportunities will be provided to learn to prepare enrichment items and clean enrichment devices. Additional opportunities may involve researching, suggesting, constructing, and assisting in implementing new enrichment ideas as well. Opportunities may become available for data collection on the efficacy of enrichment.

Qualifications/Experience: Please send unofficial transcripts , two letters of recommendation, resume and a cover letter which details your interests, dates you are available and any other qualifications you may have. Proof of a negative TB test and Tetanus vaccination is required and applicants must be over 18 years old.

Salary/funding: The internship is on a volunteer basis and provides no stipend. Housing may be available on site for the term of the internship at a rate of $25 per week. Personal vehicle is required (non negotiable).

Internship Term: 20 – 40 hours per week, year-round, please request dates in cover letter. Minimum 6 week commitment is required.

Application Deadline: This internship position will remain available throughout the year. Please send application materials to: afultz@chimphaven.org or the address above.

Chimp Haven Veterinary Medicine 

Internship Description:  Chimp Haven, Inc. will provide a unique opportunity for both veterinary and veterinary technical students in their third or final clinical year to participate in the medical care of captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment.  Interns will have a chance to participate in the veterinary medical care of an aging captive population of chimpanzees and the management of an AAALAC internationally accredited, USDA licensed sanctuary.  Opportunities will include performance of daily rounds, participation in sedations (knowledge of captive restraint procedures), annual physical examinations including cardiac monitoring (ECG and NIBP), tuberculosis testing, blood collection for CBC/chemistry analysis, rectal cultures and evaluation of diagnostic tests.   Training would include exposure to the physiology, natural history and behavior of chimpanzees in captive as well as wild populations.  In addition, the intern would be expected to participate in the Occupational Health and Safety Training Program including working safely with chimpanzees, blood borne pathogens, and zoonotic diseases.  The intern would be introduced to environmental enrichment methods, medical procedural training and practical application for these.  Other duties may include conducting literature reviews and treatment plans for clinical cases as they present.

Qualifications/Experience: Please send unofficial transcripts , two letters of recommendation, resume and a cover letter which details your interests, dates you are available and any other qualifications and any other qualifications. All internships will be competitive.

Requirements:  Requirements for internship are a current Tetanus vaccination and negative tuberculosis screening (TB negative skin test or physician’s letter) within 6 months of visit to the sanctuary.   It is highly recommended that the intern be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B.

Internship Term: Full time, 35-40 hours per week, January-October.  Please request dates in letter of interest.   Minimum 2 week commitment; maximum 4 weeks.

Salary/funding: The internship is on a volunteer basis and provides no stipend. Housing may be available on site for the term of the internship at a rate of $25 per week.  Alternative housing options will be suggested.  Personal vehicle is required (non negotiable).

Evaluation:  After completion of the term, we ask for a written brief narrative evaluation of the experience to address the time spent within the various areas, the value of each, suggestions for change, and any other comments.  The program evaluation will serve to improve the training program for others in the future.

At the intern’s request, we will provide a brief letter regarding attendance and evaluation for use by the academic institution. Institutions with special grading criteria should submit these requirements at time of application.Please send application materials to rjackson@chimphaven.org.

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