As Johns Hopkins works to connect Baltimore City youth with valuable workplace experiences this summer, leaders are asking for more administrators and area managers to step up now and offer to host interns.
In an email to faculty and staff, Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, explained that last year, following the unrest in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins expanded its Summer Jobs Program to offer paid internships to more than 300 individuals.
"In a few weeks, we will welcome our next cohort to the Johns Hopkins Summer Jobs Program," they wrote. "We hope to match last year's response and place 300 students in summer jobs. To date, however, we only have half the placements needed to meet that goal. Our success will depend on broad participation from across our institution."
More than 100 sites throughout Johns Hopkins hosted an intern last summer, the leaders wrote, and this year they hope to recruit more. Johns Hopkins institutions will again fund the positions and process the program's payroll. More information is available on the Summer Jobs Program website or by calling 443-997-4585.
The Summer Jobs Program provides Baltimore City students the opportunity to complete eight-week paid internships in various departments throughout the institution. It promotes exposure to careers and workplace culture, offers mentoring, and helps students get a jump-start on their resumes.
In their letter, Daniels and Peterson said that as they engaged in conversations to determine how Johns Hopkins could build its support for the city and its residents, the issue of jobs arose again and again.
The expansion of the Summer Jobs Program and the launch of the HopkinsLocal economic inclusion initiative are part of the response to that call, they said: "We are exceedingly proud of these efforts and of your work to help meet our ambitious goals. But we cannot lose sight of the needs—or the urgency—we all felt last year. Lasting change will depend on our persistent, unshakable commitment, year after year."
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