Community Impact Internships Program

The Community Impact Internships Program is a competitive, paid summer internship, that pairs JHU undergraduate students with nonprofit organizations and government agencies, and offers an intensive, cohort-based learning environment. Internships focus on community-identified projects in Baltimore, and run from June to August.

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. Immigration/Refugee Services
2. Education/Youth Programming and Advocacy7. Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing
3. Environment and Sustainability/Food Access8. Nonprofit Management and Development
4. Healthcare/Health Policy9. Policy/Law/Government
5. Homelessness/Poverty10. Women/Family Wellness

The program is open to all current first years, 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. The Center for Social Concern provides interns with a $4725 stipend for their participation over the summer.

To learn more about our interns and our community partners, please view the 2022 CIIP program book (view digital version).

In only nine weeks, CIIP has taught me so much about myself, Baltimore, and society as a whole. It’s one of the best opportunities that Hopkins has to offer; it teaches by experience, not just by the textbook. I’ve grown an even deeper love and connection to our Baltimore community, from engaging with its youth to exploring the hidden gems in both familiar and unfamiliar neighborhoods. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my summer any other way. – Nancy Zhang ’20, 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 of Civic Leadership at the Center for Social Concern.


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, nearly 500 interns have worked over 135,000 hours with over 100 different nonprofits, community groups, and government agencies in Baltimore City.

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