Community Impact Internships Program

picture of 2017 CIIP intern painting a mural

The Community Impact Internships Program is a competitive, paid summer internship, that pairs JHU undergraduate students with nonprofit organizations and government agencies to work on community-identified projects in Baltimore. Take for example Awoenam Mauna-Woanya, a Hopkins sophomore who spent the summer working alongside Black Food Security Network to combat food insecurity in economically abandoned communities. Like many others, he found a cause he wanted to support directly, and got practical learning experience doing so. The Community Impact Internships Program strives to give each of its students that same inspiration and opportunities for growth as they connect them to an organization.

The main goals of the program are:

  1. to give undergraduate students an opportunity to gain real-world experience while being directly involved in the Baltimore City Community
  2. to support local nonprofits, community groups, and government agencies in achieving their missions

There are ten different interest placement areas:

1. Community Arts Programs6. Homelessness/Poverty
2. Criminal Justice/Law7. Immigration/Refugee Services
3. Education/Youth Programming and Advocacy8. Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing
4. Environment and Sustainability/Food Access9. Nonprofit/Government Management and Capacity Building
5. Healthcare/Health Policy10. Women/ Family Wellness

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The program is open to all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors of every major. Interested students are asked to complete an extensive application since there are only 50 internship positions available. There is a competitive selection process and some applicants may be asked to schedule an interview with Hopkins staff to learn more of your interests and how you fit into the program.

The Community Impact Internships Program begins in early June and ends in the beginning of August. Interns are required to attend an extensive 5-day orientation (Monday through Friday), work 35-hours a week, for 8-weeks, while engaging in weekly reflection sessions with their fellow cohort, and attend a closing reception. Interns are asked to work no more than 10 additional hours per week for reflection and receive a $4000 stipend.

To learn more about our interns and our community partners, please view the 2017 CIIP program book (view digital version) or (PDF Document: view .pdf version). You can also check out our end of year overview.

The Community Impact Internships Program has truly been life changing. It has been a summer of inspiration, hard work, understanding, mistakes, learning from mistakes, and lots of love. CIIP has ignited my passion for serving this incredible city and I can’t be more thankful for this opportunity.
– 2016 CIIP Intern

Get Involved

There are 3 different ways to become involved in CIIP:

  1. If you are a JHU undergrad and have never participated in CIIP, learn more about becoming a CIIP intern.
  2. If you were already a CIIP intern but want to get involved again, learn more about becoming a Peer Mentor.
  3. If you are a local nonprofit, community group or government agency, learn more about becoming a community partner.

Have questions? Contact Eli Lopatin, Assistant Director and CIIP Coordinator at the Center for Social Concern.


This program is made possible by a generous $2.25 million donation in 2011 which will fund the program until 2020. In 2011, the inaugural year, 200 students applied for 25 internship positions. In 2012, the program expanded to placing 50 undergraduate students with non-profit organizations, community groups, and government agencies throughout Baltimore City at no financial cost to these community partners. Since the inception of the program, 325 interns have worked over 88,000 hours with over 100 different nonprofits, community groups, and government agencies in Baltimore City. The application pool continues to grow every year.

In 2015, CIIP celebrated its 5th Anniversary and was also awarded the Maryland Governor’s Service Award for the Exemplary Service Learning program.