Interested in Working and Learning in Baltimore City this Summer?
The Community Impact Internships Program (CIIP) is a competitive, paid summer internship program that pairs JHU undergraduate students with community agencies to work on community-identified projects. Participating interns attend an extensive orientation and work 35 hours a week for 8 weeks while participating in weekly reflection sessions. Each participating student receives a salary of $4000.
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. Our community partners are asked that no more than 15 percent of the intern’s work be in clerical duties. The Coordinator of the program works with our community partners and interns to create placements that will be mutually beneficial relationships.
Take a look at the experiences of our 2012 CIIP Interns..
- Opportunity to work with a nonprofit or government agency in Baltimore City while earning a generous salary
- Ability to live in Baltimore for the summer to learn and explore what the city has to offer.
- Work with members of the community to work on the ground-level for real life problems.
- Utilize your classroom learning in real world situations.
- Interact and learn with other students through weekly reflection sessions.
- Meet community leaders through the orientation, guest speakers and within your organization.
- Build your professional skills while adding experiences to your resume and expanding your professional network.
- Have the opportunity to work on an internship project that is hand-selected to match your skills and interests.
- Make a positive impact on a community in Baltimore City.
- The Community Impact Internships Program is open to all current JHU Freshman through Junior students.
- Students of all majors are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Interns must attend a three-day orientation session at the end of May (May 29th – June 1st, 2013).
- CIIP participants must intern 35 hours a week for 8 weeks from June 3rd through July 27th, 2013 and attend weekly reflection sessions.
- The CIIP is designed to be an intensive Baltimore-based experience. You are asked to work no more than 10 additional hours per week. 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 acquired by the CIIP Coordinator prior to enrollment.
- The ability to be flexible with your schedule to meet the needs of the nonprofit community is important.
Application Procedures and Timelines
The 2013 CIIP Application is available now. Completed applications are due on December 27th, 2012. Applications will be reviewed and selected first-round candidates will be invited for an interview by the Center for Social Concern staff in February. Interns will be selected and notified by the end of March. Candidates will be asked to identify their preferred interest areas for placement and interns will be placed by the Coordinator of the program based on skills and interests with a community partner in Baltimore City.
2013 CIIP Student Representatives
The following students have participated in past CIIP cohorts and have volunteered to answer any questions you have about the CIIP experience.
CIIP Intern 2012: Elizabeth Campbell
Major: Global Environmental Change and Sustainability, Public Health Studies
Internship Site:Community Greening Resource Network
“CIIP allowed me to explore the academic interests and apply the skills that I have developed in the classroom in the real world. I have been exposed to the different challenges that non-profits and city governments encounter when working together to find solutions to problems pertaining to food access and community greening. Through CIIP, I have a better understanding of how cities can become more environmentally sustainable, and the resources needed to do so.”
“I had a great experience working at the Baltimore City Health Department - Mi Espacio Program! I was thrown right into a leadership position and was given a lot of responsibility, but this challenge helped me to grow in various ways! I worked on my Spanish and performed in various ways in the program from translator to stand in direction to food coordinator. Also, the greater CIIP community was an amazing resource to have as we shared experiences and learned from one another and engaged in self-reflection!”
"My participation in CIIP was valuable because it introduced to me an aspect of Baltimore City that I had just been exposed to through textbooks. CIIP places students beyond the classrooms, and gives them an opportunity to implement their knowledge and skills into a part of the Baltimore community. This collaborative partnership allows for both the student and organization to best serve a project or initiative, which aims to further develop Baltimore. "
CIIP Intern 2012: Lily Thompson
Major: Neuroscience, Spanish
"CIIP is an awesome concept, giving Hopkins student's a chance to dip their toes into the nonprofit sector. I loved every minute from my wonderful coworkers at St. Francis Neighborhood Center to the kids I taught all summer. Finding ways to teach and engage seven year olds is probably the hardest thing I've ever done but also the most rewarding. These kids challenged me every day. They pushed me to understand them better, challenged my assumptions about them and forced me to develop better classroom management skills. But every struggle and triumph was worth it because these kids are wonderful with all their simple joy and innocence. And the work the staff does day in and day out was awe-inspiring. They were great to work with, being so supportive and welcoming. Without a doubt this will be an experience I will remember my whole life. "
CIIP Intern 2012: Brooke-Logan Williams
Major: Public Health Studies
Internship Site: Hand in Hand Baltimore
“I could never see myself working in an office and I realized through CIIP that grass-roots organization is something that I hold very near and dear to me. Through CIIP, I was able to get out and make a difference in the community; I went into the Baltimore City jails to mentor male juveniles charged as adults-definitely an experience that I'll never forget. Since CIIP, I have continued to partner and volunteer with my non-profit work site and I continue to make a difference in the very same Baltimore that has been so good to me.”
Examples of Past Community Partners by Placement Area
Baltimore Green Space
Hand in Hand Baltimore
Community Gardens/Food Access
Baltimore Free Farm
Education/ Youth Programming and Advocacy
ACLU of Maryland Education Reform Project
Arts (Visual or Performing)
Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing
Central Baltimore Partnership
Baltimore Free Store
Healthcare/ Health Policy
Baltimore City Health Department: Community Risk Reduction Services
Women/ Family Wellness
Nonprofit Management and Development
Baltimore Youth Hostel
Take a look at the experiences of our 2011 CIIP Cohorts.
If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact the Community Impact Internships Program Coordinator, Abby Neyenhouse at email@example.com or 410.516.4238.