Intern will work with staff and volunteers to bring together vegan recipes that are enjoyable for humans but also offered to the chimps. Intern will prepare provided recipes, documenting the tips and tricks of making it for people as well as for chimps. They will take photos of the prep, the final dish, and work with staff to obtain photos of the chimps enjoying the dishes too. Narratives will need to be written through interviews with the recipe creators for backstories as well as about the chimp’s reaction to new flavors or methods of serving the dishes. The intern’s goal will be to experiment and document all of the recipes (up to 40) and turn over all the draft assets for future production of the final cookbook which will be made available for sale to benefit the chimps.
Apply under the Communications Internship application at Project Chimps.
This internship is available for any start date August or later in 2021 for a 12-16 week commitment.
● Learn how to document food and meals in all various formats
● Knowledge of Project Chimps’ mission and values
● Learn how to story tell through interviews and observations.
● Develop relationship building and retention skills through ongoing contact with staff and volunteers
● Exposure to the operations of a chimpanzee sanctuary
Attend and participate in nutrition and creativity committee meetings
● After the first week of training, each day of the internship will focus on 1-3 new recipes from prep to delivery of both human chimps.
● Ensure all recipes are in fact vegan AND approved for the chimps to consume – prep for delivery to the chimps may vary from how it is served to humans but should include all the same ingredients.
● Photograph all recipe creations from start to finish.
● Ensure all ingredients are available for the planned recipe tests by working with supervisor to pre-order ingredients and tools.
● Coordinate with a local volunteer to use their “good looking” kitchen for the recipes that will be prepared for human consumption.
● Use Volgistics volunteer management system to recruit, track and manage event volunteers
● Communicate regularly with chimp staff for coordination of foods for chimp taste-testing
● Follow Project Chimps volunteer and photo release protocols
● Participate in daily staff morning briefings
● Resident interns complete a weekly shift cleaning and tending to the intern residence
Attend weekly meetings with supervisor
● Must be at least 18 years old
● Able to meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document with or without reasonable accommodation
● Interested in food media, food blogging, food styling, vegan recipes
● Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Outlook and Word
● Proficient in photography skills – specific for food photography
● Comfortable with all basic cooking skills and tools
● Willing to interview others
Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Recipes will be provided in advance; intern can suggest additional recipes or changes to recipes during the course of the project
● Intern may have the opportunity to attend outside events in the vicinity for networking purposes.
● Intern will have a bio page in the final published cookbook and will be provided with 10 copies for personal use once the book is published, which is expected 6-18 months after the conclusion of the internship.
● This is an unpaid position. On-site housing may be available for interns committing to at least 32 hours per week and will be discussed after receipt of the initial application; please note your interest in housing accommodations in your cover letter. Housing is co-ed, and has two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, and is equipped with internet. Food must be provided by the intern if staying on-site. Parking is available for interns with vehicles. The property and house are non-smoking. Staff or volunteers will provide interns with weekly trips into town for grocery shopping.
Interns will have no physical contact with the chimpanzees.