Summertime at Hopkins


It’s starting to feel a lot like summertime on the Homewood campus—a time when the majority of Hopkins students go home, travel abroad, and find internships, jobs, and research opportunities all around the globe.

Some undergrads also stay on campus for the summer to do research, pursue an internship, or take classes. And when they’re not hard at work, they take advantage of all there is to do in Baltimore.

Get the inside scoop from them! Here are the ways some of our students spend their summers in Baltimore:

Name: Jackie Roche ’16

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Norwell, MA

This summer, Jackie decided to take the opportunity to explore off-campus living, and is excited to be in an apartment just across the street from campus. Jackie is looking forward to expanding her experiences as a Robotics minor, as she will be an intern at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, working on computer vision technology.

“What I’m most excited for is cooking in my own kitchen, going to the Waverly Farmer’s Market regularly for my produce, having a car to explore Baltimore(!), watching outdoor movies around the city, especially Little Italy and Fed Hill. Since spring semester has come to an end, I’ve already gone to Preakness, Hershey Park, and explored Fells Point and Hampden!”

Name: Jon Konel ’14

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Nutley, New Jersey

In summer 2013, Jon stayed on campus to assume the role of summer resident advisor (RA) and volunteer in an on-campus memory research laboratory with Dr. Michael Yassa, studying for the MCAT, and exploring Baltimore.

“Some of my highlights in Baltimore were baseball games at Camden Yards, overeating at Fogo de Chao during restaurant week, and experiencing Matt & Kim’s free concert at Power Plant Live. During the fourth of July, I watched five different fireworks shows from the tallest building in Charles Village. I will be spending summer 2015 in Baltimore, and when I’m not busy preparing my medical school applications, I definitely want to check out Artscape and ‘first Thursdays’ concerts in Canton. I will also be busking (street-singing) with my post-collegiate a cappella group, Boh Re Mi.”

Jon leveraged his research experience and connections in Dr. Yassa’s lab to land a full-time clinical research position after graduation at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in a kidney-transplant lab!

Name: Josh Lewittes ’15

Major: Economics

Hometown: New York City

Josh spent last summer in Baltimore working as a Summer Analyst for Stifel in their Investment Banking division.

“Working in Baltimore was a much unique experience than being a student living on Homewood campus. I explored so many different parts of the city on my days off that I had never really spent time in. My office was also within walking distance of the Inner Harbor, making it really convenient to walk around areas like Fells Point and Fed Hill.”

Josh’s experience at Stifel helped him land a full-time position at Citi in New York City after graduation!

Hopkins students pose in front of a Hampden mural (See below for more on the Hampden neighborhood)

Our current students aren’t the only ones who find summer adventures in and around the city. While in town, we encourage prospective students and their families to explore the nearby neighborhoods! If you’re visiting Hopkins this summer, stick around after your campus visit to explore some of our students’ favorite summer activities in the city:

  • For the movie buffs: In one neighborhood or another, there are free outdoor movies almost every night of the week. On Wednesdays, catch a Film on the Pier in Fell’s Point. On Thursdays in Federal Hill, you can BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) and catch a flick on the hill. And on a Friday, head to Little Italy for their live music and open air film fest, Cinema al Fresco.
  • For the music lovers: Free summer concerts are also plentiful throughout the city. Offering free live music at Patterson Park and on the Canton waterfront, the First Thursday concert series is a highlight of the summer for many of our students. Grab a blanket and some dinner from the local food trucks, and have a picnic on the lawn while listening to some great music.
First Thursdays in Canton
First Thursdays in Canton
  • For the outdoorsy: There are many hiking and biking trails within close proximity to the Homewood campus, including the 15-mile long Gwynns Falls Trails. There’s also an event called Baltimore Bike Party, where hundreds of Baltimoreans bike through the city dressed to theme and throw a citywide party, just because.
  • For the explorers: Baltimore is a city of unique neighborhoods, and Hampden is one of our students’ favorites. A 10-minute walk from campus, Hampden is full of thrift and antique shops, restaurants, and other quirky hidden gems. In the summer, students love to attend First Fridays in Hampden, where merchants keep their doors open late and offer special sales.
  • For the artists: The art scene in Baltimore is varied and vibrant, and there are numerous art exhibits and shows during the summer. The Walters Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art (right next door to campus) are internationally renowned for their collections and general admission to both museums is free! Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the country, occurs every July, and residents gather to shop for original artwork, take tango lessons, and see exhibits of every art medium including photography, sculpture, painting, woodworking, dance, and music.
Street art around the tango lessons dance floor at ArtScape
Street art around the tango lessons dance floor at ArtScape
  • For the sports lovers: With their professional sports stadiums just a few miles from campus, attending an Orioles or Ravens home game is something a lot of Hopkins students take advantage of. Especially considering students can flash their student ID at the Camden Yards ticket booth to buy tickets to the O’s game for less than $10.
O's game
O’s game
  • For the tree huggers: Every Saturday, only three blocks from the Hopkins Homewood campus, local farms and restaurants set up shop to sell local dairy products, fruits, produce, pastries, flowers, and other goodies at the Waverly Farmers Market. Students snag great deals on groceries while stimulating the local economy and being environmentally conscious—all without walking more than a few steps from their dorm rooms.

Waverly famers market

  • For the foodies: Restaurant week is a hallmark of the Baltimore foodie experience. During the 10-day event, some of the best restaurants in Baltimore offer two- and three-course fixed-price menus ranging from $15 to $30. Restaurant week is a great time for students to explore Baltimore neighborhoods while dining at some of the city’s fanciest restaurants—all while sticking to a budget. The Gathering is another foodie paradise in Baltimore city, where food trucks “gather” to benefit various charities each month. Student favorites include the Gypsy Cone from Gypsy Queen Café and the Lobster Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese from GrrChe.
Hot dog specials at the late night hot dog restaurant, Stuggies, in Fells Point
Hot dog specials at the late night hot dog restaurant, Stuggies, in Fells Point
  • For the history buffs: Fort McHenry is Baltimore’s national park, where you can tour the fort, the barracks, and the 1814 Guard house. Last summer, as part of the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812, Fort McHenry hosted Fort! Flag! Fire! Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Summer with living history performances and cannon firings.

As you can probably tell, there’s always something to see or do in the summertime in the city of Baltimore. If you’re visiting Hopkins this summer, we look forward to seeing you on campus—and we’d be happy to suggest a local free event, famer’s market, and historic sight to see!