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Information for International Students

SOURCE gladly welcomes international students to Hopkins and to the Baltimore community!

SOURCE has many ways for international students to get involved from one-time days of service to ongoing opportunities.

Students on a non-immigrant visa are eligible to volunteer with nonprofit community-based organizations.

Volunteering is defined as performing a service for an organization without payment. Students should be aware that providing services to a for-profit or nonprofit entity which would have been done otherwise by a paid employee is illegal. Students should not respond to employment advertisements and offer their services for free in order to gain experience.

Students who would like to participate in an internship where credit is received for services should contact their International Services adviser. All Hopkins students are ineligible to perform clinical volunteer services unless directly supervised by a Hopkins faculty member.

SOURCE is able to connect students to volunteer opportunities in Baltimore, such as:

  • Serving meals at a community shelter
  • Helping to maintain an urban garden
  • Tutoring kids in a foreign language
  • Participating in short-term volunteer Connection Community Consultants projects

Students participating in Optional Practical Training (OPT) may also utilize SOURCE to find jobs or volunteer opportunities in the community.

If you would like to get involved in the Baltimore community and would like to set up an appointment to explore possibilities, students should first contact the International Services Office before in order to make sure eligibility and paperwork requirements are met. Then, email us at or call us at (410) 955-3880.