Making an Impact

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Hopkins students are genuinely interested in learning, exploring, researching, and giving back—all year long. In fact, every summer, some students stay on campus to participate in our Community Impact Internship program, an amazing opportunity offered by the Center for Social Concern.

Starting in the first week of week of June, undergrads spend two months working for community-focused nonprofits and social service agencies in Baltimore—homeless shelters, urban farms, schools, and even the Mayor’s Office.

Last year, our students worked to develop reports on funding and policy options to incentivize rainwater harvesting practices for urban agricultural sites (Baltimore Office of Sustainability), create a comprehensive reference tool for low-income patients (Charm City Clinic), and survey local neighborhoods for improvement projects while researching legislation affecting the community (Liberty Rec and Tech Center).

What our students are saying about their Community Impact Internship experiences:

From gauging interest in clay programming by talking to members of the community, to writing a preliminary proposal for a new space in Old Goucher, I’ve learned the ins and outs of sustaining and growing an arts based non-profit. My internship at Clayworks has introduced me to a community of people connected by a love for the arts and the city that I hope to stay a part of throughout my time in Baltimore.”–Florence Ma ’16

“When I first arrived at [Charm City Clinic], my background in their work—primarily with public assistance programs and healthcare resources—was limited to say the least. However, throughout my time here I have learned to navigate the complicated healthcare landscape with fluency. I have had the opportunity to work with passionate and hard-working people, listen to the stories of our clients, and create a resource that will hopefully serve the clinic well, long after I am gone.”Josh Weirich ’16

“I was exposed to the intersections between research and community work, two disciplines I was interested in pursuing. From brainstorming ideas to improve food access at a neighborhood meeting to spreading compost at the Real Food Farm, I found a stronger motivation to work in food justice by engaging directly with the community rather than focusing on academic research.”—Maria Gracia ’16

We’re excited to see what this year’s internships will hold. In the meantime, click here to learn more about the Community Impact Internship program and read other student stories.