Become an Intern

group photo of summer 2018 community impact internships program cohort

Application Status

The application for the 2020 Community Impact Internships Program will open October 20, 2019.

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 $4000. 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 the CIIP Coordinator prior to enrollment.

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 check out a snapshot below of Awoenam Mauna-Woanya’s summer working with the Maryland Transit Administration.

Why Should I Apply?

Community Impact Internships Program Intern 2018, Awoenam Mauna-Woanya

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 true 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? Contact Eli Lopatin, Assistant Director of Civic Leadership at the Center for Social Concern.

headshot of claire zouCIIP has given me the most transformative experience I’ve ever had. The people I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned have left an indelible mark on me. I didn’t think it was possible to love Baltimore and all its beauties and flaws as much as I do after the summer. – Claire Zou ’21, International Studies Major,Computer Science Minor (Peer Mentor ’19)


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

The application for the 2020 Community Impact Internships Program will open October 20, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed and first-round candidates will be invited for an interview by the Center for Social Concern staff in February. Interns selected for community partner placement will be notified in March. 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.

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

2019-2020 Important Dates

CIIP Student Application OpensOctober 20
CIIP Student Applications DeadlineDecember 29
CIIP Intern Interviews Scheduled & Intern Selections MadeFebruary–March
Community Partner and Intern MatchingApril
Community Partners Meet and Interview Potential Intern(s)April–May
CIIP Student OrientationJune 1–June 5
Community Partner Meet and GreetJune 5
CIIP Internship PeriodJune 8–July 31
CIIP Closing Reception for Interns and SupervisorsJuly 31