Primate Rescue Center

Short Term Internship Program

This program is tailored to individuals interested in a 3-month introduction to primate husbandry, behavior, and the daily operation of a non-profit primate sanctuary. It is an opportunity for individuals to train under experienced carestaff and gain valuable skills and knowledge that will introduce them to a career in primate husbandry. This program is labor intensive and is suited for hard working, dedicated, positive, self-motivated individuals who don’t mind a little dirt under their nails.

Program Goal
To encourage careers in animal care, advocacy, rehabilitation, and conservation.

Program Description
The PRC Short Term Internship Program is designed to immerse students, recent graduates, and those interested in pursuing a career with animals from across the U.S. and abroad in the daily operation of a nonprofit primate sanctuary. Our program provides a unique opportunity to participate in the routine care and ongoing rehabilitation of nearly 50 nonhuman primates in an environment that is focused entirely on their enrichment and well-being. PRC residents are never exploited for any reason, including exhibition, and are afforded lifetime care in a protected and secure environment. Our interns play a vital role in making our sanctuary successful at meeting our commitment to our residents.

Interns assist with the daily care of our residents, along with administrative tasks, fundraising, and special tasks. Duties include, but are not limited to, food preparation and sorting, cleaning of animal and human areas, and creating enrichment items for primates. Interns can expect to gain significant animal husbandry experience, learn about primate behavior, stress responses, and the rehabilitation process; gain a greater understanding of the issues facing primates and other animals in the modern world. The working environment is intimate and dynamic, and we encourage interns to be motivated, innovative and ask questions. Interns will have numerous opportunities to observe the animals and get to know them as individuals. However, interns will never have physical interaction with any of our nonhuman primate residents. Attempts to do so are grounds for immediate dismissal.

Program Qualifications
All sessions are competitive and have limited spots. Coursework in primatology, biology, animal behavior, or psychology is preferred but not required. Applicants must be currently enrolled students, recently graduated students, or currently pursuing careers or internships in animal care. A general understanding, interest, and concern for primate well-being is required. This program is labor intensive, so interns must be in good physical condition and be able to lift 50 pounds. Proof of a negative TB test and Tetanus vaccination is required. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Program Term
Interns are required to complete a minimum of:
480 working hours (40hrs/week for 3 months) if you need on-site housing OR
240 working hours (20hrs/week for 3 months) if you do not need on site housing.
Intern shifts fall between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. Interns may be asked to participate in after hours fundraising activities or events.

Interns who are unable or unwilling to meet any requirements may be dismissed from their position at any time. We reserve the right to dismiss any intern at any time for any reason, including but not limited to the following examples: tardiness, missed work, excessive cancellations, unpleasant attitude, poor work ethic, inappropriate interaction with the animals, inability to work with others, or disregard for PRC policies.

Enrollment Dates
The PRC Short Term Internship Program is segmented into seasonal sessions. These sessions may be flexible depending on individual and sanctuary’s schedules and needs.

  • Spring Session: March-April-May
              Application Deadline—December 1st
  • Summer Session: June-July-August
    ​          Application Deadline—March 1st
  • Fall Session: September-October-November
              ​Application Deadline—June 1st
  • Winter Session: December-January-February
              Application Deadline—September 1st

Program Cost
To support our internship programs without taking away from our animal care program, we require fees to cover various internship costs, including but not limited to, training materials and time, utilities, and other amenities. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and food expenses, laundry and long distance calls. All fees are non-refundable and are due in full on the first day of your internship. All internship fees will be received as a tax-deductible donation to the sanctuary.

A Director’s Scholarship may be available and awarded based on need to selected applicants. To apply, please include a two-page paper with your application describing the reasons we should consider you for this scholarship.

Fees without Housing: $100/month = $300 for 3 month session

Fees with Housing: $100/week = $1200 for 3 month session

Modern, comfortable housing is available at the sanctuary, and interns are strongly encouraged to stay on-site. This housing can accommodate up to two same-sex individuals. Pets are not allowed. The sanctuary is located in a rural area requiring transportation to all stores and retail areas. We are approximately 15 miles from the city of Lexington and about 5 miles from the nearest convenience store. Interns without their own transportation can catch a ride into town once or twice a week. On-site laundry machines are available.

This above fee includes rent, utilities, local phone service, Satellite and Internet services. All fees are non-refundable and are due on the first day of your internship.


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