Karen M. Gil Internship Program


Karen M. Gil with Gil InternsThe Karen M. Gil Internship Program in Psychology offers undergraduate students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of psychology and develop professionalism skills. The Gil Internship places students at a worksite in the Chapel Hill area, offers a monthly stipend, and a 3 hour course credit towards the Psychology major. The program is funded by a generous gift from anonymous donors.

This prestigious, highly-competitive program accepts 10-12 applicants per semester based on qualifications and achievement. Learn about our requirements for eligibility and apply now!

Applications for the Spring 2016 Intern Cohort are due by 4:00 pm on October 26, 2015. Applicants will be notified if selected by November 2, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why Apply to be a Gil Intern?

Gil interns have the opportunity to deepen their psychology and general professional knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as to make connections and develop relationships with community leaders. Gil interns find the program to be a rewarding experience that enriches their resume, allows them to earn course credit as a Psychology elective, and pays monthly! Learn more from our Gil Interns on our Confessions of a Giller blog!

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the Gil Internship program, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Psychology major
  • Junior or senior
  • Completed PSYC 101 and two additional PSYC courses
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4
  • Demonstrated knowledge of psychology, professionalism, and motivation to contribute and learn in the program
What Should I Expect as a Gil Intern?

The Gil Internship Program finds each Gil Intern a worksite in the Chapel Hill area and matches accepted interns to an appropriate internship worksite based on the student’s interests in psychology.

Students balance about 10 hours a week at their internship worksite in addition to their classes. Students are enrolled in PSYC 493 during their internship semester and the course is graded. Grades are determined jointly by the internship worksite mentor and by the Director of the Gil Internship Program.


How Do I Apply?


Please note the Gil Internship application deadline. All applications must be typed and include the following:

  • Student Application
  • Letter of Application
    • Single-spaced, 600 words maximum, written to professional standards
    • Detail your motivation to be a Gil Intern, any relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities that will aid your success, what you hope to learn, and what you can contribute to your internship placement
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    • Include UNC and any other college(s) attended
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Applications should be sent to gilinternship@unc.edu. Questions should be directed via email or to (919) 962-4977.

Interested in Partnering with the Gil Internship Program?

We are always looking for new and meaningful internship worksites. If your company is interested as partnering as a placement site for Gil interns, please contact us at gilinternship@unc.edu

Connect with the Gil Internship Program


We host events each semester to showcase our accomplishments and to allow interested, potential applicants to meet our interns, worksite mentors, and faculty. Check out our upcoming events!

Read about our Gil interns and their experiences on the Confessions of a Giller Blog and check out our current cohort of Gil Interns. Connect with us via LinkedIn! We even have a video of our Gil interns sharing their experiences:

Address and Contact Information


Mailing Address:
Karen M. Gil Internship Program
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Campus Box #3270
235 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3270

Dr. Steven Buzinski
Gil Internship Program Director
236 Davie Hall
(919) 962-5081
buzinski@email.unc.edu

Rachael Hall
Gil Internship Program Manager
213C Davie Hall
(919) 962-4977
farrelle@email.unc.edu