Become an Intern

Each year, 50 students are selected to be a part of the Community Impact Internships Program. They work with approximately 40-50 different community organizations in Baltimore, totaling approximately 14,000 hours of community work. CIIP is an extremely competitive, paid internship, where students receive a salary of $4,730. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors of all majors are encouraged to apply. If you plan on taking a summer class, your CIIP experience is expected to be your main priority and permission to take a class must be given by CSC Staff prior to enrollment.

To learn more about our interns and our community partners, please view the PDF Document: 2023 CIIP program book.

Why Should I Apply?

Take for example Awoenam Mauna-Woanya, the 2020 CIIP Program Assistant, and a past CIIP intern and peer mentor who spent the summer of 2018 working alongside the Maryland Transit Administration. While working with the MTA’s Office of Planning, Awoenam supported community outreach for the North Avenue Rising Project. 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.

Our community partners are selected for this program based on their need for an intern, interactions with members of the community, and a focus on a specific program for you to work on throughout your internship. They are asked that no more than 15 percent of your work be on clerical duties, so you will gain a truly immersive and intensive Baltimore-based experience. During your weekly reflections, we hope you will utilize your classroom learning and reflect and process the impactful work that is done with your fellow interns. The Coordinator of the program works with our community partners and interns to create placements that will be mutually beneficial relationships. We have no doubt that this internship will provide you with a meaningful experience and hope that it will positively impact your journey at Hopkins and beyond!


Above and beyond having the opportunity to gain hands on real life experience in a variety of fields, you will also:

  1. have the ability to live in Baltimore for the summer to learn and explore what the city has to offer.
  2. work with members of the community to work on the ground-level for real life problems.
  3. meet influential community leaders and listen to local renowned guest speakers who help address local issues.
  4. build your professional skills and experiences that can be added to your resume while expanding your professional network.
  5. have the opportunity to work on an internship project that is hand-selected to match your skills and interests.
  6. be a part of an intensive, cohort-based learning environment with weekly reflection sessions and presentations on Baltimore’s past and present.
  7. make a positive impact on our Baltimore City community.

Have questions? Email [email protected].


Becoming an Intern

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 open during the fall semester. Students are asked their preferred interest areas for placement on the application. Interns will be placed based on skills and interests of the individual and of the community partner.

Planning and Preparation

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

  1. There are multiple short answer and essay questions (see below) that require thought, preparation, and planning. Unfortunately, once you begin your application, you do not have the ability to “save” it. We strongly encourage you to write your short answer and essay questions in a separate document (Word or Drive) so you an easily “cut and paste” them into the application below.
  2. Submit a resume. We encourage CIIP applicants to polish their draft resumes with a member of the Life Design Lab team before applying to the program.
  3. Submit your online application on Hopkins Engage. Please be aware that you cannot save your responses once you begin the application here. You will need to be sure to log in to Hopkins Engage using your JHU credentials.
  4. Interns are grouped based on ten different placement areas. In the application, you will prioritize your placement area of choice. We will do our best to pair you with your priority placement areas but cannot guarantee placements.
  5. Successful first-round applicants will attend an interview in February. You will be notified of your status in January.

View our 2023 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 in CIIP 2023.

Community Arts

  • Art with a Heart
  • Baltimore Youth Arts
  • Eubie Blake Cultural Center
  • Jubilee Arts
  • Maryland Center for History and Culture
  • The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
  • Station North Arts District
  • Wide Angle Youth Media
  • Womb Work

Environment, Sustainability, and Community Health

  • Baltimore SquashWise
  • Black Church Food Security Network
  • Farm Alliance of Baltimore
  • MissionFit Inc
  • Real Food Farm – Civic Works

Family Wellness

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore
  • Episcopal Refugee & Immigrant Center Alliance (ERICA)
  • Franciscan Center
  • Martha’s Place


  • Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Office of Baltimore City Councilmember Mark Conway
  • Office of Baltimore City Councilmember Zeke Cohen
  • Out for Justice
  • Rec2Tech – Baltimore City RecnParks


  • Chase Bexton Health Care
  • Esperanza Center
  • Keswick Multi-Care Center
  • MOMCares
  • Shepherd’s Clinic

Neighborhood/Community Organizing

  • Black Yield Institute & Baltimore Underground Science Space
  • Central Baltimore Partnership
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Greenmount East Leadership Project
  • Made in Baltimore
  • Neighborhood Design Center
  • Pro Bono Resource Center

Non-profit Management

  • Baltimore Urban Baseball Association
  • Corner Team, Inc
  • FreeState Justice
  • Fusion Partnerships
  • Impact Hub Baltimore
  • Station North Tool Library
  • Thread

Youth and Education

  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • By Peaceful Means
  • Calvin Rodwell Elementary/Middle School
  • Code in the Schools
  • Dent Education
  • Hampden Family Center
  • St. Francis Neighborhood Center
  • Village Learning Place

Important Dates

2023-2024 Important Dates

CIIP Student Application OpensDecember 22
CIIP Student Application DeadlineFebruary 2
First Round Decisions AnnouncedEnd of February
CIIP InterviewsEnd of February & March
Finalists NotifiedMarch
Community Partner and Intern MatchingEnd of March
Community Partners Meet and Interview Potential Intern(s)April
CIIP Student OrientationJune 3–June 7
Community Partner Meet and GreetJune 7
CIIP Internship PeriodJune 10–August 2
CIIP Closing Reception for Interns and SupervisorsAugust 2