Our Karen M. Gil Internship in Psychology has accepted 11 Gil interns for Spring 2020! Learn more about our current class of Gil Interns and their placement sites below.
Class of 2021
Cognitive Psychology Intern
UNC Neurocognition and Imaging Research Laboratory
M.J. is a junior from New Bern, North Carolina, double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. She currently works as a research assistant in Dr. Kristen Lindquist’s Carolina Affective Science Lab, in which she has contributed to multiple neuroimaging studies. Her current interests broadly incorporate the perspectives of Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology, such as the effect of conceptualization on social interaction, how cognition is represented neurobiologically, and the fallibility of cognition due to social influence and/or environment. After graduating, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. and establish a career in psychological research. She often spends her free time reading, writing, and playing strategy games.
Willa is a senior from Richmond, Virginia, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art. She is a research assistant in Dr. Paschal Sheeran’s health behavior lab and is currently completing an honors thesis on methods to reduce health-information avoidance. Willa spent her past summer conducting art therapy with patients at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She believes in the importance of taking a holistic approach to psychological health and is passionate about helping others through therapy. Willa hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and become a therapist. In her spare time, Willa likes to go on runs and hikes, paint, collage, and spend time with her sisters.
Jenny is a junior from Salisbury, North Carolina majoring in Psychology with a minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences. For the past two semesters, she has served as an undergraduate research assistant with the TEACCH’s T-STEP Program under the supervision of Dr. Laura Klinger, where she investigates the effectiveness of the T-STEP intervention to support transition to employment and post-secondary education among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Jenny is broadly interested in the psychological aspects of speech and language disorders, especially regarding aphasia and apraxia of speech. After graduation, Jenny plans to attend graduate school and earn a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, photography, and spending time with family and friends.
Joanna is a junior from New York, New York majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry and Business Administration. She is a research assistant in Dr. Anna Bardone-Cone’s eating disorders lab, which is currently investigating body image and disordered eating in postpartum women as well as subjective binge episodes in middle-aged women. She is interested in learning more about the neural basis of psychopathology and whether it can be disentangled from psychological traits. Her dream is to go to medical school and to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist working with disadvantaged populations. She is also interested in education and how it intersects with mental health, particularly for youth. In her free time, Joanna loves teaching Pilates and backpacking in the wilderness. You will also find her singing to old Taylor Swift and pop hits from years ago.
Josh is a junior from Greenville, North Carolina, double-majoring in Neuroscience and Music. He is involved with Dr. Mark Zylka’s lab working on a way to quantitatively assess the level of pain exhibited in mice through the use of machine learning. Josh is also currently working with Dr. Kyle Burger in the Neuropsychology of Ingestive Behavior Lab. In this lab, he is investigating how type 2 diabetes treatments impact satiation signals in the brain. In his free time, Josh enjoys reading, playing music, and making artwork. After graduation, Josh hopes to earn an M.D. or Ph.D. and pursue a career in neuroscience research.
Nate is a junior from Raleigh, North Carolina pursuing a B.S in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy. His interests in psychology cover a broad spectrum of topics including attitude change, mindfulness, interpersonal relationships, and self-perception. For the past year, Nate has worked in Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes’ Motivation and Identity Lab studying adolescents’ perceptions of academic achievement for different racial and gender groups. An avid music lover, Nate always has songs running through his head and you can often catch him humming or whistling to a tune while working. Post-graduation plans, he aspires to be an Emerson National Hunger Fellow and plans on practicing psychology as a counselor or following the track to becoming a research professor.
Class of 2021
Clinical Psychology Intern
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Caroline is a junior from Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a Psychology major with a minor in Religious Studies. She has been a Research Assistant in the Emotions and Social Interactions Lab under Dr. Sara Algoe for the past year and is currently working on exploring the dating and relationship formation patterns of undergrads on UNC’s campus. Caroline is interested in developmental psychology and the influence of socioeconomic status, education, and family bonds on how children develop. In her free time, Caroline enjoys cooking, traveling and exploring new places with friends. After graduation, Caroline hopes to attend graduate school for Marriage and Family Therapy and begin a career bridging the gap of underprivileged children and families.
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Class of 2020
Clinical Psychology Intern
UNC Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Katie Rose is a senior from the suburbs of Washington, DC majoring in Psychology. She is currently a research assistant at the Center for Developmental Science, where she interviews preschool aged children and studies the relationship between parent-child conversation and childhood memory. She is passionate about neuroscience and is particularly interested in how it can be applied to the field of Clinical Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology. Katie Rose is a musician in her spare time and loves both performing and teaching music.
Taylor is a junior from Wilmington, North Carolina. She is double-majoring in statistics and psychology with a minor in neuroscience. For almost the past two years, she has been a member of Dr. Joseph Hopfinger’s Lab and the CIRCLE Lab, where she studies the impact of reward on attention and behavior. This past summer, she worked as an Autism Support Professional with the Autism Society of North Carolina. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in quantitative psychology and work in human data analytics. Outside of class and the lab, she is a member of the UNC Club Tennis team and she coaches a junior tennis team in Raleigh. In her free time, she loves listening to music, practicing yoga, and going to Carolina Hurricanes games.
Yueheng is a junior from Suzhou, China, double-majoring in Psychology and Economics and minoring in Statistics and Analytics. She is now particularly interested in utilizing knowledge from both psychology and economics to study consumer behavior to help companies to develop better marketing strategies. Yueheng spent Summer 2019 as an intern in the Department of Research and Development in KnowYourself (Beijing) Education & Technology Co. Ltd., one of the largest psychology platforms in China. During her internship, she cooperated with the marketing team to craft event information released to the public for advertisement. She also analyzed feedback from attendants of the event and provided possible improvement strategies. After graduation, Yueheng plans on going to graduate school to study further about behavior science and marketing, and she really wants to keep a Shiba Inu then. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and reading crime fiction.
Ziqian is a junior from Suzhou, China, majoring in Psychology and Computer Science with a minor in Statistics. She is a research assistant at Dr. Kihyun Roo’s lab studying the effect of visualization technologies and automated feedback systems on English Language Learners’ science education. Ziqian has also worked on neuroimaging data previously in Dr. Margaret Sheridan’s Child Imaging Research on Cognition and Life Experiences Lab. She is interested in studying computational approaches for cognitive processes as well as psychometrics. In her free time, she enjoys music, drawing, and gardening.