Internship Abroad Peru: Primatology
Witness the incredible biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and gain valuable knowledge in primate ecology, behaviour and communication as a participant in this unique internship programme.
Our partner’s yearly summer internship programme focuses on different primatology aspects each year.
The areas that interns study may include space use and movement patterns, nutrition, social and reproductive behaviour, disease ecology or communication systems. Experienced scientists are on site to provide support and impart in-depth knowledge of various methods of data collection and analysis.
As a practical addition to your university studies or as an enriching time-out in nature – primatology interns in Peru will experience an educational adventure in one of the world's most biodiverse regions.
- Work in an international team amidst the Peruvian rainforest
- Acquire knowledge about the primates of the Amazon region
- Gain valuable hands-on skills
- Practice data collection and analysis
- Experience the diversity of the Amazon basin
- Each year another internship focus: Contact us and learn more!
Your research internship in Peru
As a participant in this unique internship programme, you will expand your primatology knowledge and experience the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest up close.
Arrival and orientation in Peru
After arriving at Puerto Maldonado International Airport on the first day of the programme, you will be picked up by a staff member and taken to a hostel in the city where you will spend the following night.
The next morning, you will be transferred to your accommodation: our partner's research station, located in the Amazon rainforest at the foot of the southern Andes in Peru.
Activities during your primatology internship
Each year, interns of the programme will study a different aspect. However, primatology is always in the centre of interest, with a focus on primate behaviour, nutrition, communication, health or reproduction.
Groups always consist of several international participants who are guided and supported by experienced scientists.
Usually, participants go on full or half-day tours through the Amazon to follow selected primate groups and record data. Collecting samples will also be a frequent task.
Occasionally you will stay close to the research station. When collecting data, you will be trained in using a range of specific tools or research methods such as radiotelemetry.
After returning to the research station in the late afternoon or early evening, you will finally start to store the data in a database and evaluate it.
The knowledge you gain will contribute to a deeper understanding of tamarin monkeys and, depending on the area of focus, to derive appropriate conservation measures.
You would like to learn about this year’s internship? Please don’t hesitate to contact us – we are happy to give you more information.
Accommodation as an intern
During your time as an intern you will live on the grounds of our partner's research station, located in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.
The station has a laboratory, a classroom, a library, a dining room and two dormitories. These are equipped with bunk beds and shared bathrooms.
Every day you will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Small snacks are also offered in between.
Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado and after leaving the research station at the end of the course you will also spend one night in a hostel in the city. During your hostel stay you will be provided with breakfast, whereas lunch and dinner are your own responsibility.
Leisure time in Peru
Every now and then, you will have time to pursue your own activities. We therefore recommend bringing some movies, series and books with you. You can also borrow a book from the extensive library of the research station.
Arrival and transfer to the research station
Primate research in Peru: Typical day
Last days of the internship and departure
“I found it particularly great to have the opportunity to gain an insight into each team’s work.”
“But not only did I adapt, I even learned to love it. I fell in love with the forest, the animals, and the green and for the first time I had the feeling that my work was contributing something valuable to the world. [...] I recommend this project to anyone who is looking for a special challenge, beautiful nature or professional prospects.”
1. Amazon Rainforest
About 13% of the approximately 5,500,000 km² Amazon rainforest is located in Peru. As in other countries in South America where the Amazon rainforest is found, the Amazon rainforest in Peru is a real biodiversity hotspot due to its many endemic animal and plant species.
The avifauna in particular is one of the richest in species worldwide. With over 1800 species, more birds live here than in Europe and North America together. But also large numbers of insects, reptiles and mammals can be found in the green depths and make the jungle of Peru an absolute must-see for all South American travellers and nature lovers.
Background of the primatology internship
Small, fast-moving, and highly arboreal – tamarin monkeys are considered one of the most difficult primate species to study. Areas that are looked at during this primatology internship programme include habitat use and movement patterns, disease ecology, communication or social and reproductive behaviour.
The latter includes, for example, research into the phenomenon of reproductive suppression: All male primates of a group are significantly involved in caring for the offspring so that the reproductive system can be understood as a cooperative breeding. To make sure all males get involved in the breeding process and avoid competition, the dominant female has a suppressing influence on the ovulation of younger, inferior females in the group.
Phenomena such as these are studied by trainees in the wild using various methods and tools. "In the wild", that means in Peru's breathtaking Amazon rainforest, home to an incredible variety of rare and endemic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects – making it the perfect backdrop for your internship adventure.
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