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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!

The Fall 2021 Intern Cohort has been selected and will be announced soon. Thank you to all that interviewed and/or applied — we had the largest number of interested students apply yet!

Interested in hearing about what the Spring 2021 cohort learned, experienced, and researched this semester? Check out the Spring 2021 Poster Showcase by going to and logging in with your UNC email OR enter KarenGil as your guest password. Enjoy watching their poster presentations and learning about their internship experiences!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why apply to be a Gil intern?

Gil interns have the opportunity to deepen their psychology, neuroscience 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/CVs, allows them to earn course credit as a Psychology or Neuroscience elective, and pays monthly! Learn more about the program by reviewing this short video.

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 Triangle area and matches accepted interns to an appropriate internship worksite based on the student’s interests in psychology or neuroscience.

Students balance 9-10 hours a week at their internship worksite in addition to their classes. Students are enrolled in PSYC/NSCI 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. As part of the PSYC/NSCI 493 course, students will present their research findings and/or experience during their internship at a poster session. Check out the Spring 2020 virtual poster session to learn more about their experiences.

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 elective. Please note: this course does not count towards the major’s upper-level course requirement.

Students enrolled in NSCI 493 receive 3 credits as a Mathematics, Methods, and Statistics elective.

Please note that PSYC 493 and NSCI 493 are the same course. You will be registered for either PSYC 493 or NSCI 493 based on your major.

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