Become a Peer Mentor

2016 peer mentors group photo

Community Impact Internship Program Peer Mentors are upperclassmen who have already  participated in the Community  Impact Internships Program. It’s their responsibility to lead and mentor  the CIIP cohort.

Peer Mentors are assigned to a placement area and CIIP intern group  throughout CIIP and serve as another layer of support to the interns. The Community Impact Internships Program is successful due to the leadership and work of the Peer Mentors! Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor? Read more below.

Why Should I Apply?

CIIP provides students the opportunity to gain hands on real life experience in a variety of fields. As a Peer Mentor, you will:

  • have the ability to live in Baltimore for the summer to learn and explore what the city has to offer.
  • expand on your CIIP experience and lead and mentor new interns.
  • meet influential community leaders and listen to local renowned guest speakers who help address local issues.
  • build your professional skills and experiences that can be added to your resume while expanding your professional network.
  • make a positive impact on our Baltimore City community.

To learn more about the responsibilities, expectations, and qualifications of a CIIP Peer Mentor, view the full description on our Leadership Opportunities page.

Have questions? Contact Abby Neyenhouse, Assistant Director/CIIP Coordinator, at

Become a Peer Mentor

Decided you want to be a part of this phenomenal internship opportunity and make a difference in our Baltimore community? View the application process and apply below.

Application Process and Procedures 

The deadline for submitting the 2017 CIIP  Peer Mentor Application is November 27, 2016.

Applications will be reviewed and first-round candidates will be notified by the Center for Social Concern staff the week of December 5th. Interviewing will occur during December 12-16. CSC Staff will select and notify the Peer Mentor Cohort by December 23.

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View our 2016 Community Partners

As the Community Impact Internships Program evolves, our community partner list continues to grow. Below is the list of our partners that we worked with last year.

Arts (Visual or Performing)

  • 901 Arts
  • Art with a Heart, Inc.
  • Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
  • Jubilee Arts
  • Wide Angle Youth Media

Food Access/Environment

  • Baltimore Green Space
  • Baltimore Orchard Project
  • By Peaceful Mean
  • Reservoir Hill Improvement Council
  • Whitelock Community Farm
  • Urban Resources Initiative

Criminal Justice

  • FreeState Legal
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • Public Justice Center

 Education/Youth Programming

  • Code in the Schools
  • Liberty Elementary
  • Thread

 Healthcare/Health Policy

  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Charm City Clinic
  • Chase Brexton Health Services
  • Joy Wellness Center
  • Star Track


  • Mayor’s Office of Human Services
  • Franciscan Center
  • United Way Project Homeless Connect
  • Youth Empowerment Society

Neighborhood Improvement

  • 29th Street Community Center
  • Baltimore Corps
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center
  • Mayor’s Office of Communication
  • St. Francis Neighborhood Center
  • Strong City Baltimore – Barclay

Nonprofit Management/Development

  • Central Baltimore Partnership
  • Fusion Partnership
  • Impact HUB
  • Station North Arts and Entertainment District
  • United Workers

Women/Family Wellness

  • Baltimore SquashWise
  • Esperanza Center
  • Living Classrooms Foundation
  • Martha’s Place
  • Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST)
  • Shepherd’s Clinic

Important Dates

CIIP Peer Mentor Applications Due November 27
CSC Staff will notify CIIP Peer Mentor Candidates to Schedule Interviews Week of December 5
Interview Period December 12 - 16
CSC Staff will select and notify Peer Mentor Cohort December 23
CIIP Intern Application Review Period January 13 - 30
CSC Staff and Peer Mentor Prep. Meetings February - May
Community Partners Meet and Interview Potential Intern(s) April - May
Peer Mentor Orientation June 1- 4
CIIP Internship Period June 5 - August 4
CIIP Student Orientation June 5 - June 9
Community Partner Meet and Greet June 9
CIIP Closing Reception for Interns and Supervisors August 5

Peer Mentor Cohorts

Take a look below at some of our previous Peer Mentors. As you can tell, they are pretty awesome! We look forward to adding your picture to this page one day too!

2016 Peer Mentors

Jessa Wais ’18
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Program Assistant
Major: Public Health (Minoring in Africana Studies and Social Policy)
Favorite thing about Baltimore: The people and size. Baltimore is large enough where there are always people to meet, but small enough where local community work and policy change can really make a difference.




Maggie Weese ’17
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Head of Peer Mentors
Placement: MLK Jr. Recreation Center
Major: Public Health and Global Environmental Change and Sustainability (Minoring in Social Policy)
Favorite thing about Baltimore: All of the passionate, wonderful people in Baltimore!




Victoria Aysola ’18
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Peer Mentor Group: Homelessness & Poverty
Placement: Baltimore City Health Department
Major: Public Health
Favorite thing about Baltimore: There are so many different festivals going on all over the city during the summer!




Matthew Brown ’17
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Peer Mentor Group: Criminal Justice
Placement: Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition
Major: Public Health
Favorite thing about Baltimore: I love the various types of food Baltimore has to offer and enjoy learning about new restaurants and places to try when I have free time.



Victoria Chen ’18
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Peer Mentor Group: Healthcare & Health Policy
Placement: Chase Brexton
Major: Public Health
Favorite thing about Baltimore: I love exploring the eclectic neighborhoods and experiencing all that the city has to offer!




Hannah Farkas ’17
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Peer Mentor Group: Food Access & the Environment
Placement: Baltimore Green Space
Major: Economics and Global Environmental Change and Sustainability
Favorite thing about Baltimore: The expansive and historic public park system and all the events that take place.




Charlie Green ’17
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Peer Mentor Group: Neighborhood Improvement
Placement: Mayor’s Office of Communications
Major: Public Health
Favorite thing about Baltimore: Similarities to my home and the FOOD





Dikshant Malla ’17
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Peer Mentor Group: Nonprofit Management
Placement: Impact Hub
Major: Sociology (Minoring in Social Policy)
Favorite thing about Baltimore: the castle on the hill (my alma mater City)





Kennedy McDaniel ’18

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Peer Mentor Group: Arts
Placement: Eubie Blake Cultural Center
Major: Sociology and Africana Studies (Minoring in Museums and Society)
Favorite thing to do in Baltimore: The people! Baltimore has such an incredible sense of community and is filled with people who are dedicated to creating a bright future for the city.



Darius Thompson ’17
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Peer Mentor Group: Youth and Family Wellness
Placement: Shepherd’s Clinic
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology (Minoring in Music)
Favorite thing about Baltimore: The diversity of neighborhoods





Caleb Warren ’17
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Peer Mentor Group: Education
Placement: Thread
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology & Philosophy
Favorite thing about Baltimore: Druid Hill Park




2015 Peer Mentors

Albert Chavesta ‘16

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Major: Behavioral Biology & Psychology
Favorite Thing About Baltimore: Federal Hill
Why I am returning to CIIP: I am interested in coming back to CIIP as a Peer Mentor in order to pass on my knowledge to others and making sure that everyone has an incredible experience during their summer in Baltimore!




Charlie Green ‘17
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Major: Public Health
Favorite thing about Baltimore: food and culture in the city
Why I am returning to CIIP: To learn more about the diversity and culture in Baltimore.






David Mampre ‘16
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Major: Neuroscience
Favorite thing about Baltimore: Baltimore is the perfect mix between big city and homey feel in that there are always events happening, but you will also run in to people that you know.
Why I am returning to CIIP:  In my first year of CIIP I  made great friendships in my group of interns and broke out of my Hopkins bubble.  I am returning to both continue developing my relationship with the city, and to help other first year interns gain the same experiences with the program that I had.



Elizabeth Marley ‘16
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Major: Political Science
Favorite thing about Baltimore: I love the unique character of each different neighborhood in the city!
Why I am returning to CIIP: I learned so much from my first CIIP experience about urban development and what it means to live in Baltimore, and I can’t wait to continue to learn more and deepen my relationship with community members. The CIIP program opened my eyes to the wonderful culture of our city, something that not enough Hopkins students get to experience.



Saachi Nangia ‘17
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Major: Public Health and Biology
Favorite Thing about Baltimore: The delicious and diverse food, unique museums, and charming festivals aside, my favorite thing about Baltimore is absolutely the people – the positive spirit and openness of the city is always surprising and overwhelming.
Why I am returning to CIIP: The balance between a specific learning opportunity and a deep understanding of the whole city is what made CIIP one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had.  I am truly looking forward to the opportunity to continue developing these valuable lessons this summer, as well as experiencing it with a new group of students.


Ope Olukorede ‘17
photo of Ope Olukorede

Major: Molecular Cell Biology
Favorite thing about Baltimore: I love to explore so I have to say all the different neighborhoods and communities. Each one is different and special in its own way and it’s so great to learn about the history of this city and why that is. I love visiting (sometimes biking through) different areas of the city such as fed hill, inner harbor, fells point and Hampden.




Faith Maya Owhonda’16
photo of Faith Maya Owhonda

Major: Writing Seminars
Favorite thing about Baltimore: culture
Why I am returning to CIIP: I am excited about mentoring a group of students and watching as we learn more about Baltimore and the challenges communities face along with connections with Hopkins students.




Maggie Weese ‘17
photo of Maggie Weese

Major: Public Health and GECS
Favorite thing about Baltimore: The incredible strength and passion of the people who live here
Why I am returning to CIIP: To meet more passionate Hopkins students and Baltimore residents who I can learn from and have the honor of working with