What does Baltimore Corps look for in a fellow?

Baltimore Corps is seeking 45 Fellows who are as dynamic as our city.  All of our Fellows are strong leaders and critical thinkers who have a strong vision and passion for social impact. Because our Fellows are deployed to work with leading social entrepreneurs and cause leaders, Baltimore Corps strives to identify unique individuals who excel both as members of a team and as individual leaders. While a typical Fellow has professional experience, many Fellows bring nontraditional career and educational backgrounds to our community.

There is no typical Baltimore Corps Fellow; we recruit a highly diverse pool of candidates. Our Fellows are artists, analysts, community organizers, and more. Fellows bring experience in communications, development, project management, community engagement, and more. While we populate our candidate pool with applicants possessing a wide breadth of backgrounds and skills, we also organize around culture and fit. 

Whether from Baltimore or elsewhere, Fellows are committed to our city. We vet candidates for their passion for impact work in Baltimore, as well as their commitment to our values of sector effectiveness and racial justice and equity.

what kinds of organizations can i be placed with?

Our partner organizations are focused on generating social impact in Baltimore City, and include leaders in government, nonprofits, and private sector social enterprises, with focus areas including health, housing, arts, philanthropy, and civic engagement. Almost all partner organizations deploy Fellows in leadership roles that directly lead to building capacity: expanding existing programs; piloting new programs; or providing specialized support. Just as there is no typical Fellow, partner organizations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Baltimore Corps is always on the lookout for partners who are truly unique.

what am i committing to through the fellowship?

Baltimore Corps Fellows are expected to commit to and complete a one-year Fellowship, engaging not only with their own challenging and rewarding full-time work, but also in Baltimore Corps programming (including orientation, retreats, and leadership seminars), and in one-on-one check-ins, needs-based mentoring, race and equity trainings, and quarterly 360-degree reviews. While Baltimore Corps provides structure for professional growth and development, Fellows are called on to shape their own cohort and experience. Program commitment subject to change.

why baltimore?

Baltimore is a tough, gritty, and resilient city. By every historical standard, Baltimoreans have withstood adversities rooted in systemic oppression. We continue to work toward a safer and healthier Baltimore every day, leaning into challenges of disinvestment, gentrification, population loss, addiction, educational and racial inequity, and more. Baltimore’s wonderfully unique people today enjoy a thriving art scene and beautiful neighborhoods. 

Baltimore Corps is committed to developing and retaining diverse leaders who refuse to see potential wasted within Baltimore’s borders. Join this network of leaders working to make Baltimore the best place in the world to change the world

what happens after the fellowship ends?

This is largely up to you; our main goal is to have you remain in Baltimore’s social impact sector. While the Fellowship is a 12-month program and there is no obligation to continue beyond that point, previous years have seen more than 80 percent of Fellows remaining in Baltimore, and 60 percent hired by their organizations at the conclusion of the Fellowship. Our aim is to continue recruiting superb talent and making fruitful connections. Baltimore Corps’ staff, alumni, and extended network work personally with Fellows who move on from their placements, helping them identify post-Fellowship opportunities through our Place for Purpose initiative.

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fellow attributes

  • Passionate and compassionate
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Commitment to Baltimore, equity, and effectiveness
  • Culturally competent
  • Teachable spirit
  • Adaptable
  • Growth mindset
  • Able to work independently and be an advocate
  • Future-focused
  • Civic-minded

PAST fellow placements

Advocates for Children and Youth
Arts Every Day
Back on My Feet Baltimore
Baltimore Dance Crews Project
Baltimore Youth Arts
Baltimore’s Promise
Centro SOL
Civic Works
Code in the Schools
Community Law in Action
Cure Violence
Family League of Baltimore
Green Street Academy
Impact Hub Baltimore
Legg Mason
National Aquarium
Public Justice Center
Reading Partners
South Baltimore Gateway Partnership
Strong City Baltimore
The LEADERship
The Poverty & Inequality Research Lab
Vehicles for Change
Venture for America
Wide Angle Youth Media

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore City Foundation
Baltimore Community Foundation
Digital Harbor Foundation
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
T. Rowe Price Foundation

Baltimore City Department of General Services
Baltimore City Department of Social Services
Baltimore City Health Department
Baltimore City Police Department
Baltimore City Public Schools
Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
Mayor’s Office of Human Services