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Community Development Fellowship Program

The Community Development Fellowship Program gives dynamic, motivated students who have a strong interest in effecting positive change in urban areas the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain hands-on development experience. By matching students with organizations that directly support Baltimore neighborhoods, this grant-funded fellowship program aims to improve the city while cultivating the next generation of community development leaders.

How does the program work?

Fellows are matched with a community-based organization the city, such as the Baltimore Main Streets program or a public-private partnership dedicated to economic or community-development work. Specific projects are determined by the host sites based on organizational needs but may include community outreach, special events and other daily work that aligns with fellows’ abilities and goals. Fellows work anywhere from eight to 20 hours per week and earn $10 per hour in addition to course credit for the semesterlong internship.

How do students qualify for participation?

Eligible students:

  • are current juniors, seniors or graduate students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or better)
  • are available to work a minimum of eight hours per week at the host organization
  • have a strong interest in community development and creating positive change in urban areas
  • have community development experience and/or knowledge of Baltimore’s neighborhoods
  • are able to work independently and take initiative.

How do students apply for the fellowship?

To apply to be a Community Development Fellow, submit your resume and a cover letter that addresses the preferred qualifications to with the subject line “Community Development Fellowship.”

How do organizations apply to be a host site?

To apply to be a Community Development Fellowship Program host site, submit a cover letter with a description of the organization, its mission and a brief description of a prospective fellow’s job responsibilities—noting any special qualifications that are necessary—to with the subject line “Host Site for Community Development Fellowship.”

Current Fellowship Opportunities

Click the links below to view job descriptions for our current Community Development Fellowship opportunities:


Since the program's launch in 2016, we've placed 13 students into Community Development Fellowships. We want to increase that number each year. You can help us make a big impact in our neighborhoods and create a new generation of Baltimore community development leaders with your support. DONATE NOW

2016 Community Development Fellows

Hiba Jamil


Hiba Jamil, undergraduate student
Host Site: Hamilton-Lauraville Healthy Neighborhoods Association

"Working with the Hamilton-Lauraville Healthy Neighborhoods Association has shown me the significance of community and civic engagement. I've been helping to establish block projects, which has taught me how to get the neighbors involved in the community in a positive and effective way."


Jordan Barry


Jordan Barry, graduate student
Host Site: Belair-Edison Neighborhoods

"Working alongside individuals committed to the health and wellness of Baltimore's working class has been an invigorating experience. Additionally, I've been able to improve my grant-writing skills, which is an essential skill for prospective public administrators."

For more information about the Community Development Fellowship Program, contact Dean Roger Hartley at or 410.837.5359.