Menu Close

Undergraduate Internship Program

2019 interns

Undergraduate Internship Program

We host a select number of undergraduate interns each summer. Interns work alongside faculty and predoctoral students on team-based research projects. Interns also receive training in statistical programming, participate in professional development workshops, and can present their work at research symposia at the end of the summer.

The CPC program has been identified as a model at UNC and has received funding from the Population Association of America (PAA), the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the UNC-CH Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research.

Now Accepting Applications for the Summer 2021 Internship Program

We are currently accepting applications from undergraduate students from underrepresented groups[1] and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to diversity with interests in the population, health, and spatial sciences for research internships during Summer 2021. The Summer 2021 internship program provides a research and professional development experience for undergraduate students interested in population focused graduate training and careers. Interns will work either full time or half time, depending on the project to which they are accepted, from June 7 – July 27. Faculty may, at their discretion, choose to offer additional paid work beyond the formal program end date. We expect that this summer’s internship experience will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person activities.

CPC is home to a diverse group of researchers, including faculty from fifteen UNC departments, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate student trainees. Research at CPC is interdisciplinary in nature, with a wide variety of fields represented, from sociology to nutrition, geography to epidemiology, anthropology to biostatistics, and more.

CPC interns will work with faculty and staff on one specific Center-based research project (options for 2021 are described below). Applicants should indicate in their application the project(s) to which they are applying and how that project relates to their interests.


Applicants to the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • Undergraduate students with junior or senior academic standing in Fall 2021
  • From a group that is underrepresented1 (underrepresented minoritiesand/or first-generation college students) in the social, spatial, and/or health sciences, and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Strong academic record; minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours in basic statistics (excluding AP credit)
  • Serious intent to pursue graduate (as opposed to professional) studies

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following items through the online application portal by April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial and scanned copies will be accepted)
  • A statement (2 pages maximum) describing the following:
    • Reasons for your interest in the summer internship program at CPC
    • Your eligibility
    • Your post-graduation plans
    • Your first, second, and third project choices from the list above, and the reasons why you are interested in each.
    • Where you plan to be located during the summer, and whether you are willing to be at CPC in person periodically.
  • Current resume or CV
  • One letter of recommendation from a UNC faculty member who is familiar with your academic work. This letter should be sent directly Abigail Haydon ( via email by April 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT)


For questions about the program or the application process, please contact Abigail Haydon, Training Program Manager.


Since 2003, 82 intern alums have participated in the program. Of the 82, 14 are currently enrolled in graduate programs; 3 are in masters programs; 8 are in doctoral programs; 1 is in dentistry school; and two are in medical school. Thirty six have completed graduate work: of those, 23 received masters; 3 JDs; 2 MDs; and 8 PhDs.

[1] Individuals with disabilities or those from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in the population, health, and spatial sciences on a national basis (see; first generation college student (applicant’s mother and father did not complete an undergraduate degree).