Visiting Intern Program

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Fauna Foundation is accepting applications to our Visiting Intern Program. Graduates, undergraduates and post‑graduates from various academic backgrounds (e.g. Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, etc.) and all nationalities are encouraged to apply. This rigorous 8‑week program combines training in compassionate care for nonhuman primates with experience in non‑invasive behavioral studies.

Visiting Intern Programs Dates for 2018



June 11 – Aug 3, 2018 — Application due March 15, 2018

Fauna Foundation is a sanctuary for chimpanzees, monkeys, and other nonhuman animals and a wildlife preserve located in Carignan, Quebec. Some of the chimpanzees are retired from biomedical research. Others were participants in cross-fostering research or were former zoo residents. Two use American Sign Language to communicate. The philosophy of Fauna Foundation is that the needs of the residents come first.

Visiting interns are at the sanctuary daily and will receive training and experience in safe procedures to work around adult non-human primates, particularly chimpanzees. They will assist in preparation of meals and enrichment, cleaning enclosures, housekeeping, and participating in a non-invasive behavioral study. The first weeks are intensive training in protocols and 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.

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. For questions about the program and the application process please contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold at

Click Here for the Visiting Intern Application


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