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Fauna's Intern Programs

Our rigorous internships combine training in compassionate care for nonhuman primates with experience in non-invasive behavioral studies.


Typically, we offer two different intern programs. The Visiting Intern Program is an intensive 8-week summer program attracting applicants worldwide. Academic Internships are for local CÉGEP or university level students during the academic year. Our philosophy is that the needs of our Sanctuary residents come first and this core belief is practiced in internships. Our programs are suitable for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students in various academic backgrounds (e.g. Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, etc.).

Visiting Intern Program

During this 8-week program, interns are at the Fauna Sanctuary daily. They receive training and experience in safe procedures to work around adult non-human primates, particularly chimpanzees. Interns assist in preparing meals and enrichment, cleaning enclosures, performing housekeeping, and participating in a non-invasive behavioral study. The first weeks are intensive training in protocols, procedures, and understanding chimpanzee behaviors. After several weeks each intern becomes more autonomous and has responsibilities in care and behavioral study.

The program cost is $2000.00 Canadian dollars. There is on-site housing available at $1000.00 CAD for the 8-week program. Costs do not include travel and food. The program fee supports the costs of staffing for the program and directly supports the mission of Fauna Foundation. Housing is modest living quarters with cooking facilities on the Sanctuary property.

Requirements: Applicants must be fluent in English, have completed at least one year of university level education or two years of CÉGEP, and must be 18 years of age or older. American Sign Language and French are helpful. The application fee is $25.00 and must be included with the application. Visiting interns are required to provide proof of a negative TB skin test and tetanus vaccination prior to arrival.

2022 Program Dates


Typically this program is schedule for 8 weeks from mid-June to early August. With the ongoing COVID situation, we remain hopeful for summer 2022 and will update this page in late fall 2021. To indicate interest int the program and for any questions, please contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold at jensvold@faunafoundation.org.

VISITING INTERN APPLICATION

Academic Internships

Fauna Foundation offers internships for university level students living in the Montreal area. The internship includes, but is not limited to:

  • Learning a basic aspect of husbandry, such as preparing enrichment or more
  • Learning chimpanzee identification and behavior
  • Participating in behavioral research such as data entry

Students may arrange research or internship credits through their own university. For more information about academic internships, please contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold at jensvold@faunafoundation.org.

Fauna Internships