Making an Impact

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Hopkins students have a fervor for learning, exploring, researching, and giving back—all year long. In fact, every summer, some students stay on campus to participate in Community Impact Internships Program (CIIP), an opportunity offered by our Center for Social Concern.

Starting in the first week of week of June, this group of 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 conducted water quality sampling to monitor historically contaminated sites and organized events to cleanup waterways (Baltimore Office of Sustainability), surveyed employment opportunities for refugee and asylum seekers (ERICA), and managed a total of $2.2 million Neighborhood Revitalization grants (Central Baltimore Partnerships).

“This is one of the leading programs in the country for turning undergrads into ambassadors for the university in the community.” –Scott Gottbreht, Director of United Way of Central Maryland’s Project Homeless

What our students say about their CIIP experiences:

 “As a Thread intern, I was able to work side‐by‐side with an amazing staff to provide our students with opportunities that equipped them with skills and knowledge they can take with them as they continue on their academic and professional journeys.” –Desiree H., ’17

 “Every day I listened to patients’ concerns, translated their needs to the appropriate medical provider, and left the patients with a solid plan of action. Between the medical staff, health care navigators, patients, and administration, I learned how to efficiently and effectively communicate with all the people of Shepherd’s Clinic to best serve the people of Baltimore.”—Leon C., ’17

 “From cataloging the more than five hundred trees in the area to working at the Whitelock Community Farm, my [Reservoir Hill Improvement Council] internship gave me the opportunity to engage in various areas of the community. By consulting with the people in the area and giving them an active role in the planning, you build meaningful relationships that build trust between your respective organization and the community.”—Matt B., ’17

 “Not only have I become a more culturally competent person because of STAR TRACK, but I have also made meaningful friendships within the LGBTQ community that will far outlast my internship”—Victoria C., ’18

 “This network of artists, entrepreneurs, residents, organizations and community members share a common passion to make Baltimore neighborhoods healthier, more livable and more sustainable. I have had the opportunity to see the firsthand the unique, holistic approach Central Baltimore Partnership translates to the community; all the way from grass‐roots community organizing to city wide public policy implementation.”—Miguel D., ’17

“With the Mayor’s Office of Human Services – Homeless Services Program, I learned about the city government’s role in providing outreach, shelter, and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness. I attended many meetings to see firsthand the collaboration of staff from various homeless shelters, housing programs, outreach teams and behavioral and health service providers in the city.”—Victoria A., ’17

 Baltimore Community ToolBank understands the important role that they serve for Baltimore and the non‐profits. I was involved in intensive historical research at various museums and institutions like the Maryland State Archives. I met with various members of my neighborhood’s community to learn more through their experience.”—Annie B., ’17

 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.