Become a Community Partner

The Community Impact Internships Program is highly competitive, and we strive to only select the absolute best students who are dedicated, passionate, and hard-working for this program. We understand what it takes to host an intern for such a short period of time and provide a full-time coordinator to support both the supervisors and the interns. This is a 100% donor funded program so there is no cost to your organization to participate. Should you be selected as a potential community partner, you will have the opportunity to meet and interview your potential intern before the program begins. The Coordinator of the program works with our community partners and interns to create placements that will be mutually beneficial relationships. We want to make sure this is a good fit for both you and the intern. Organizations in Baltimore City are selected as community partners for this program based on their need for an intern, interactions with members of the community, and a focus on a specific program for the intern to work on throughout the internship.

Take for example Awoenam Mauna-Woanya, a previous CIIP intern who spent the summer working alongside Black Food Security Network to combat food insecurity in communities with a lack of access to healthy food. 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. We hope you will consider becoming a part of this program. To learn more about our interns and our community partners, please view the 2018 CIIP program book (view digital version) or (PDF Document: view .pdf version). You can also check out our end of year overview or read more below.

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

The Johns Hopkins University Community Impact Internship Program has made a huge impact in the Baltimore community throughout the past seven years, touching the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children in need. The experience can be life-altering for those who participate as interns, and impactful for the community based organizations it serves. – Meg Ducey, Interim Director, Franciscan Center

Become a Community Partner

Are you a local nonprofit, community group, or government agency who would like to host a CIIP intern and become a community partner?

Community Partners must Meet the Following Criteria

  • Be located in Baltimore City.
    • The majority of JHU undergraduates do not have vehicles on campus and utilize Hopkins shuttles and public transportation. Therefore, accessibility will also be considered for placements.
  • Have a substantial project or program for the intern to focus on throughout the internship which will directly impact Baltimore City residents.
  • Provide the intern with an experience that will allow them to have direct interaction with members of the Baltimore community.
  • Be capable of supervising an intern for the 8-week internship and offer guidance, direction, and mentoring.
  • Provide a project or program that can last 35 hours per week for 8 weeks with less than 15% clerical duties.


The deadline for submitting the CIIP Intern Request Application is March 1, 2019. If you are interested in becoming a potential community partner, please submit the CIIP Intern Request Application by March 1st.

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Intern Request Process and Procedures
Applications will be reviewed and first-round candidates will be invited for an interview by the Center for Social Concern staff during February and March. Interns selected for community partner placement will be notified in April. Students are asked their preferred interest areas for placement on the application. Interns will be placed by the CIIP Coordinator based on skills and interests of the individual and of the community partner.

Note: if your organization participates in the CIIP, you will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Center for Social Concern and provide a certificate of insurance. PDF Document: View a sample Memorandum of Understanding. If you have any questions regarding these documents, please contact

View our 2017 Community Partners

As the Community Impact Internships Program evolves, our community partner list grows every year. Below is a 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

2018-2019 Important Dates

CIIP Student Applications DeadlineDecember 21
CIIP Intern Interviews Scheduled & Intern Selections MadeFebruary–March
Community Partner Intern Request Application DeadlineMarch 1
Community Partner and Intern MatchingApril
Community Partners Meet and Interview Potential Intern(s)April-May
CIIP Student Orientation at JHUJune 3-June 7
Community Partner Meet and GreetJune 7
CIIP Internship PeriodJune 10-August 2
CIIP Closing Reception for Interns and SupervisorsAugust 2