Become a Community Partner

picture of CIIP intern working for the Maryland Transportation Authority and is speaking with some community members on the street

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 2019 CIIP program book (view digital version) or read more below.

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

Apply by March 1st

Our 2018 CIIP experience greatly exceeded our expectations. The intern immediately felt like a vital part of our small staff — so much that it is hard to imagine how we will get work done without her! Her hard work and determination along with her humility and commitment to justice stood out as essential and refreshing qualities. – Harriet Smith, Executive Director, Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition

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*

*Should Summer 2021 internships be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health guidelines, we understand if increased clerical duties are needed and less work is community-facing.

Intern Request Process and Procedures

Intern Request Forms will be reviewed in March. Potential matches will be made based on the Community Partner’s needs and the intern’s skills and interests. Partners and interns will have the opportunity to meet in April in order to confirm placements for the summer.

Forms can be submitted on Hopkins Engage and are due by March 1.

Planning and Preparation

NOTE: Before you begin the application, be aware of the following:

  1. Due to the length of the intern request form, we recommend that you type your responses in a separate document. Unfortunately, once you begin this form, you do not have the ability to “save” it. We strongly encourage you to write your answers in advance so you an easily “cut and paste” them into the form.
    • To help you, a copy of the Intern Request Form is available for download here. You can draft and save all of your responses in this document until you are ready to complete and submit the online application.
  2. Submit your Intern Request Form on Hopkins Engage
  3. Please be aware that you cannot save your responses once you begin the application here.

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

Apply by March 1st

View our 2019 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.

Community Arts Programs

  • 901 Arts
  • Baltimore Youth Arts
  • Jubilee Arts
  • Open Works
  • Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc.
  • Wide Angle Youth Media

Environment and Sustainability/Food Access

  • Baltimore City Office of Sustainability
  • Baltimore Green Space
  • Black Church Food Security Network
  • No Boundaries Coalition
  • Strength to Love 2 Farm
  • Whitelock Community Farm


  • Baltimore City Office of the State’s Attorney
  • FreeState Justice
  • Made in Baltimore Program
  • Maryland Transit Administration
  • YouthWorks – Mayor’s Office of Employment Development

Education/Youth Programming and Advocacy

  • Baltimore City Public Schools – Parent and Community Advisory Board
  • By Peaceful Means
  • Child First Authority – City Springs Elementary/Middle School
  • Child First Authority – Robert W. Coleman Elementary School
  • Code in the Schools
  • Corner Team Boxing
  • Dent Education
  • The Intersection
  • Liberty Elementary School

Healthcare/Health Policy

  • Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Chase Brexton LGBT Health Resource Center
  • Keswick Multi-Care Center
  • Shepherd’s Clinic


  • Franciscan Center
  • St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center

Immigration/Refugee Services

  • Centro SOL
  • ERICA (Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance)
  • Esperanza Center

Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

  • 29th Street Community Center
  • Greater Baybrook Alliance
  • Nate Tatum Community Center
  • United Workers
  • Waverly Main Street

Nonprofit Management and Development

  • Baltimore Corps
  • Central Baltimore Partnership
  • Fusion Partnerships
  • Impact Hub

Women and Family Wellness

  • Joy Wellness Center
  • Martha’s Place
  • MOMCares

Important Dates

2020-2021 Important Dates

CIIP Student Applications DeadlineDecember 28
CIIP InterviewsFebruary
Community Partner Intern Request Application DeadlineMarch 1
Community Partner and Intern MatchingMarch
Community Partners Meet and Interview Potential Intern(s)March-April
CIIP Student Orientation at JHUJune 7-June 11
Community Partner Meet and GreetJune 11
CIIP Internship PeriodJune 14-August 6
CIIP Closing Reception for Interns and SupervisorsAugust 6