Johns Hopkins Unveils Internship Program to Help Baltimore Nonprofits

Johns Hopkins University has announced the launch of a program that will pay undergraduates to work at Baltimore nonprofits and government agencies over the summer.

Funded with a $1.25 million gift from an anonymous donor, the Johns Hopkins Community Impact Internships program will underwrite the salaries and living costs for at least twenty-five students in its first year and fifty undergraduates each year thereafter. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible for the program, which will pay each intern up to $5,000 while providing local agencies struggling in lean financial times with much-needed help and students with real-world work experience.

To be managed by the university's Center for Social Concern, the program will include a week-long orientation that includes speakers from major Baltimore nonprofits and will end with a two-hour evaluation session. During their internship, students will work thirty hours a week in venues to be determined, based on their interests, and will gather for weekly reflection sessions. It is anticipated that internships will be created at Baltimore-based agencies that have long-standing relationships with the center.

"Students really want to get to know Baltimore but have few opportunities to do summer service-oriented initiatives, feed themselves and pay rent at the same time," said Bill Tiefenwerth, director of the Center for Social Concern, which completed a successful pilot program this summer for eight paid interns overseen by AmeriCorps VISTA. "It's a double gift. Obviously it's a gift to students who want to work for Baltimore nonprofits, and I know that our partner agencies will be happy to use the talent of Johns Hopkins students to help advance their missions."

"Johns Hopkins Internships to Boost Baltimore Nonprofits." Johns Hopkins University Press Release 12/13/2010.