Karen M. Gil Internship Program

Karen M. Gil with Gil InternsThe Karen M. Gil Internship Program offers UNC undergraduate Psychology and Neuroscience majors an opportunity to deepen their understanding of psychology and develop professional skills. The Gil Internship Program places students at a worksite in the Chapel Hill area, offers a monthly stipend, and a 3 hour course credit towards the Psychology or Neuroscience 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 2020 Intern Cohort are due to Gil Internship Manager Chelsea Ewing in October 2019 (date and time TBD). Interviews will take place in October. Interns for the Spring 2020 cohort will be announced in November.

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 or Neuroscience 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 or Neuroscience major
  • Junior or senior
  • Completed PSYC 101 and two additional PSYC courses
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4
  • Demonstrated knowledge of psychology and/or neuroscience, 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.

Where could I work?

The following is a partial list of the organizations with which the Karen M. Gil Internship Program has relationships. Please note that we are always vetting new worksites for possible Gil Intern placement and as such this list may change in the future.

How do I apply?

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

  • Student Application
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    • Include UNC and any other college(s) attended
  • Resume

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

What kind of course credit will I receive?

Students enrolled in PSYC 493 receive 3 credits as a Psychology or Neuroscience elective. Please note: this course does not count towards the major’s upper-level course requirement.

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. 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
334 Davie Hall
(919) 843-7759

Chelsea Ewing
Gil Internship Program Manager
333 Davie Hall
(919) 962-4977