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Karen M. Gil Internship Program


The 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 Triangle 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 10-13 applicants per semester based on qualifications and achievement. Please meet our current cohort of Gil Interns and learn about their internship experiences by reading their blog posts on our Confessions of a Giller Blog. Interested in applying to the program? Learn about our requirements for eligibility and apply now!

All applicants have been notified and the new cohort for Fall 2020 will be announced soon. Thank you to all that applied to the Gil Internship this semester! We had an overwhelming amount of applications and were impressed by your qualifications. Please keep an eye out for the Spring 2021 cohort application deadline. We look forward to seeing your applications then!

We invite you to virtually attend our Spring 2020 Karen M. Gil Internship Poster Session! The Spring 2020 cohort of Gil Interns faced another significant challenge in a semester full of new tasks, experiences, roles, and responsibilities – they were forced to transition their internships to an entirely online format. We could not be prouder to say that, with the guidance provided by their amazing mentors, each and every Gil Intern was able to do so, and thus complete their internship experiences. Please feel free to visit our virtual undergraduate poster session and learn more about their internship experiences!

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
    • If applying for the Fall cohort, you are eligible as a rising Junior or Senior
  • Completed PSYC 101 and two additional PSYC or NSCI courses
    • If you took AP PSYC 101, you are eligible. Please just note that on your application.
  • 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 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

Connect with the Gil Internship Program

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