Become a Peer Mentor

picture of 10 2017 CIIP peer mentors and Abby Neyenhouse

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 Eli Lopatin, Assistant Director and CIIP Coordinator at the Center for Social Concern.

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

Applications have been distributed to qualifying past interns, and are due September 30th.

View our 2017 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
  • Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
  • Jubilee Arts
  • Station North Arts and Entertainment
  • Wide Angle Youth Media

Food Access/Environment

  • Baltimore Green Space
  • Black Church Food Security Network
  • Boone Street Farm
  • Joy Wellness Center
  • TreeBaltimore
  • Urban Resources Initiative – Baltimore City Recreation and Parks

Criminal Justice, Law, and Government

  • Baltimore City Hall District 1 – Councilman Zeke Cohen
  • FreeState Justice
  • Made in Baltimore Program – Baltimore City Office of Sustainability
  • Maryland Office of the Public Defender – Juvenile Division
  • Out for Justice
  • YouthWorks – Mayor’s Office of Employment Development

Education/Youth Programming

  • By Peaceful Means
  • Center for Educational Outreach – Barclay Elementary School
  • Code in the Schools
  • HEBCAC Youth Opportunity Center
  • The Intersection
  • Liberty Elementary School
  • Thread

Healthcare/Health Policy

  • Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Charm City Care Connection
  • Chase Brexton Health Services
  • Esperanza Center
  • Shepherd’s Clinic


  • Franciscan Center
  • United Way of Central Maryland – Project Homeless Connect
  • YES – Youth Empowered Society

Neighborhood Improvement

  • 29th Street Community Center
  • Nate Tatum Community Center
  • Ruth M. Kirk Recreation Center
  • Strong City Baltimore – Healthy Neighborhoods
  • United Workers

Nonprofit Management/Development

  • Baltimore Corps
  • Central Baltimore Partnership
  • Fusion Partnerships
  • GLCCB (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore)
  • Impact Hub
  • Invested Impact

Women and Family Wellness

  • Baltimore SquashWise
  • ERICA (Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance)
  • FORCE/Monument Quilt
  • Living Classrooms Foundation
  • Martha’s Place

Important Dates

CIIP Peer Mentor Applications DueSeptember 30
CSC Staff will contact CIIP Peer Mentor Candidates to come in for interviewsBeginning October 2
CSC Staff will select and notify Peer Mentor CohortOctober 20
CSC Staff and Peer Mentor Prep. MeetingsOctober–May
CIIP Intern Application Review PeriodJanuary 2–26
CSC Staff and Peer Mentor Prep. MeetingsFebruary–May
Community Partners Meet and Interview Potential Intern(s)April–May
Peer Mentor OrientationMay 29–June 3
CIIP Student OrientationJune 4–June 8
Community Partner Meet and GreetJune 8
CIIP Internship PeriodJune 11–August 3
CIIP Closing Reception for Interns and SupervisorsSaturday, August 4 (tentative)

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!

2017 Peer Mentors

Kaetlyn Bernal ’18
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Peer Mentor Group: TBD
Major: Public Health
Favorite Place in Baltimore: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

What excites you most about being a Peer Mentor: I am most excited to show others the charm and rich history of Baltimore through exploration, while having the opportunity to give back to the city through such an enriching program.




Claire Grey ’18
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Peer Mentor Group: TBD
Major: Global Environmental Change and Sustainability & Public Health
Hometown: Avon, OH
Favorite Place in Baltimore: The farmers market on Sunday morning!






Simon Jackson-Forsberg ’18
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Peer Mentor Group: TBD
Major: Public Health & History
Favorite Place in Baltimore: Wyman Park Dell – there’s a great sense of community in the park and I’ve had a lot of compelling conversations with friendly strangers, even at odd hours of the night – plus it’s a de facto off-leash dog park!





Osiris Mancera ’19
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Peer Mentor Group: TBD
Major: Latin American Studies, Italian, and Medicine, Science & the Humanities with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Favorite Place in Baltimore: The
Station North neighborhood because it’s a hub of all things quirky and fun about Baltimore. I love walking and seeing the art on the ways, grabbing some dessert at Red Emma’s, visiting MICA, and essentially getting a better grasp of who the people of Baltimore are.

What excites you most about being a Peer Mentor: I’m excited to encourage other students to really see Baltimore for what it is and hopefully to fall in love with it as I have. The Bites of Baltimore sessions are also a big plus!


Chijioke Oranye ’19
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Peer Mentor Group: TBD
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Favorite Place in Baltimore: Basketball court on Chinquapin Parkway

What excites you most about being a Peer Mentor: Excited to see the development of other people’s passions about this city




Ally Rodgers ’18
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Peer Mentor Group: TBD
Major: Public Health and Psychology
Favorite Place in Baltimore: Walking along the boardwalk in Fell’s Point

What excites you most about being a Peer Mentor: The opportunity to meet other classmates with the same interests and goals as me, and to be able to explore summer in Baltimore with those people!




Celine Shanosky ’19
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Peer Mentor Group: TBD
Major: English & Public Health
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Favorite Place in Baltimore: 34th Street on Christmas!

What excites you most about being a Peer Mentor: I am most excited to meet my mentees. I met such wonderful and inspiring people last summer, and I can’t wait to have that experience again.





Jessa Wais ’18
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Peer Mentor Group: TBD
Major: Public Health (Minoring in Social Policy)
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Favorite Place in Baltimore: The Castle on the Hill (Baltimore City College, my alma mater)

What excites you most about being a Peer Mentor: This is my 3rd year working with CIIP, and I can’t wait to see how the program continues to change to better fit student’s and community partner’s needs. As a peer mentor, I am excited to see my mentees get to know Baltimore a little bit better, and hope to learn more about the work their respective organizations are doing.


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
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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
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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
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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