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Why Should I be a Gil Intern?

  • Deepen your psychology-specific and general professionalism knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Develop important relationships with leaders in the field of psychology
  • Bolster your resume/curriculum vitae (academic resume)
  • Get paid monthly for your contributions to your worksite
  • Receive course credit that will count toward your psychology major (as a psychology elective, but not as an upper-level course) and toward your general graduation requirements

How many students will be accepted into the program

  • 10-12 student interns will be accepted into the program each semester (Fall & Spring semesters only)
  • You can apply to the program as many times as you’d like, but can only be a Gil Intern for 1 semester

wHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES TO BE A GIL INTERN?

You must have met ALL of the following prerequisites before you are eligible to be a Gil Intern…

  • You must have declared a Psychology Major (BA or BS are both eligible)
  • You must be a junior or senior in the semester that you will participate in the program
  • You must have completed Psyc101 and 2 additional psychology courses
  • You must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.4
  • You must demonstrate (in your application) significant knowledge of your chosen sub-field of psychology, professionalism, and motivation to contribute to your worksite as well as learn from your worksite mentor.

IS THERE A CLASS COMPONENT TO THE KAREN M. GIL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM?  IS IT GRADED OR PASS/FAIL?

  • There is a class component and it is graded A-F, not pass/fail.
    • The class number is PSYC493.
    • Each week student interns will spend approximately 9 hours working at their internship worksite (off campus) and 1 hour in an internship class (on campus).
    • Grades will be determined jointly by the Internship worksite mentor and by the Director of the Karen M. Gil Internship program (who will lead the on-campus class).

Do I have to find my own internship worksite before I can apply?

  • No, you do not have to find your internship worksite.
  • The Karen M. Gil Internship program (a program of the Department of Psychology) will locate potential internship worksites each semester.
  • We will match accepted student interns to an appropriate internship worksite based on the student’s interests in psychology.

What are the sub-fields of psychology that i might work in as an intern?

  •  The Department of Psychology maintains 6 sub-programs of Psychology research.  The programs (which can be found at psychology.unc.edu) are:
    • Behavioral Neuroscience
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Quantitative Psychology
    • Social Psychology
  • To find out more about each program, click on the appropriate link at psychology.unc.edu.

How do I apply to be a gil intern?

  • Applying to be a member of the Karen M. Gil Internship program in Psychology is a 5-part process
    • Part I is to complete this application form with all requested information.
    • Part II is to write a 1-page letter of application (single-spaced, 600 words maximum).  Letters must be written according to professional standards, and should detail your motivation to be an intern, relevant knowledge, skills, & abilities that will make you successful, what you hope to learn, and what you can contribute to your internship site.
    • Part III is to obtain a copy of your unofficial transcripts from UNC and any other College or University attended.
    • Part IV is to write your curriculum vitae/resume.
    • Part V is to gather 2 letters of recommendation supporting your candidacy to be an intern.
  • All information must be typed, except for signatures. No hand-written application will be accepted. No e-signatures will be accepted.
    • Parts I-IV must be merged into a single PDF file, labeled in the following format: LastName-FirstName-GilInternshipApplication and emailed to GilInternship@unc.edu with the subject line: LastName-FirstName-GilInternshipApplication.
    • Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to GilInternship@unc.edu. Please send each one separately.
    • CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE KAREN M. GIL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY APPLICATION

when is the application due?

  • Please consult the Important Dates page in order to find this information.
  • Late applications WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

when do i find out if i am accepted into the program?

  • Please consult the Important Dates page in order to find this information.