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The Good Fight

Photo of Jack Simone holding punching bag for student in gym.

Biophysics major Jack Simone ’21, above right, applied to the Community Impact Internships Program (CIIP) because he wanted to engage more deeply with Baltimore and believed the program would allow him to benefit the community while also immersing himself in it. CIIP is a competitive, paid, eight-week summer internship that pairs Hopkins undergrads with nonprofit and government agencies in Baltimore, helping participants gain real-world experience while also providing needed support to city organizations. A program of Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern, CIIP placed 49 students this year.

Simone, a lifelong athlete, was placed at Corner Team, Inc., a nonprofit boxing gym, where he was involved with day-to-day tasks like grant writing and program development, and did some coaching and boxing himself.

“My background in sports allowed me to connect with all the people who fight here immediately and really deeply,” he says. “There’s something about throwing yourself at something day in and day out that creates a bond.”

By the Numbers: Community Impact Internships

  • 9 years in existence
  • 424 total students placed
  • 115,000 total hours of students work
  • 125+ placement sites
  • $3 million+ economic impact in Baltimore