Meet the Team – Olivia Paff, Search Consultant

Meet Olivia Paff, Search Consultant – Human Resources Practice.  

A Baltimore native, Olivia began her career as a preschool teacher.  Continuing to explore her passion for helping people, Olivia transitioned to a corporate HR role. It was here she realized that she had an interest in a recruiting career.  

“As a recruiter, I am drawn to the relationships I get to form with candidates and clients. The fact that I get to meet and connect with new people every day, and ultimately support them in their career path keeps me motivated.” 

Olivia’s passion for people extends beyond her role at CSP.  She appreciates the “Smalltimore” experience that Baltimore offers. Living in Canton, the chances are high of running into people she knows walking to local shops, farmer’s markets, and restaurants. Olivia is also a big fan of The Ravens, attending most home games at M&T Bank stadium.

Family is first and foremost in Olivia’s life.  She is a board member of the Zachary T Paff Foundation, a cause that is near and dear to her heart. The foundation, established in her brother’s honor after his passing in 2019, aims to end the stigma of addiction while supporting young parents and adults with the cost of treatment.   

CSP Intern of the Week – Prince Coulibaly

Today, we share the Intern of the Week spotlight with Prince Coulibaly. Prince is on the lookout for an internship that will prepare him for a career in Acquisitions, Asset Management, or any Commercial Real Estate related sector. He has successfully completed an internship with FCP, a $4.2 billion real estate investment firm, where he bore the responsibility for conducting market research and analyzing potential investment opportunities. In addition to his internship experience, Prince’s experience with Microsoft Excel, Financial Modeling, and Pro-Forma modeling ensures he is well equipped for his next role.

Currently, Prince is a ULI Young Leader at University of Maryland Baltimore County, studying to receive his B.A. in in Media and Communications in Spring 2023. He is recognized for being an active member of the Citizens Advisory Committee where he advises the Transportation Planning Board of Greater Washington with recommendations and suggestions for improved mobility options in the region.

Prior to his graduation, Prince has plans to secure an internship in the Maryland or Virginia areas between the dates of June 6th – August 8th, 2022. Prince is eager to find a company that will support him in expanding his familiarity in the Real Estate field, assist him in gaining further knowledge in differing asset types and classes, as well as further his experience and knowledge in Argus.

Please contact Prince directly at if you have the internship that will best support him in his professional development and prepare him for a successful career in the fields he desires.

Click here to see Prince’s Resume

Chesapeake Search Partners Moves Up Five Spots to No. 3 in Top Professional Search Firm Rankings in Baltimore

Baltimore Business Journal also ranks CSP as No. 10 Temporary Staffing Firm

BALTIMORE, April 22, 2022 Chesapeake Search Partners (CSP) today announced that the Baltimore Business Journal has ranked the company among the top Professional Search and Temporary Staffing Firms in the region. CSP ranked No. 3 in the Professional Search category based on the number of placements and clients in the region, up five spots from last year. The Temporary Staffing category, which ranked CSP six spots higher than last year at No. 10, was determined by the average number of temps working per week, as well as local staff and percentage of temp-to-hire. 

“We are proud to continue to be named among the top professional search and temporary staffing firms in the Baltimore region,” said John Geraghty, Partner, Director of Recruiting Operations at Chesapeake Search Partners. “Despite the competitiveness of the current employment market and the challenges that are brought with that, our team remained focused and dedicated to continuing to grow and establish relationships to support our partners. As a result, we were able to experience significant growth and improve our rankings this year. We look forward to continuing on that path in 2022.” 

The Baltimore Business Journal’s Book of Lists represents a ranking of regional companies in various categories according to key metrics such as the number of employees, company revenue, and the number of clients, among other factors. To learn more about the Book of Lists, visit

About Chesapeake Search Partners 

Chesapeake Search Partners (CSP) is a professional search and consulting firm that focuses on placement in Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Real Estate and Financial Services, and Sales, Marketing, and Operations. Focused on client growth and planning for the future, CSP’s unique, relationship-driven approach leverages industry experts who understand the process of identifying the right skill set for each position. The result is matching talented professionals who have the ability to meet and exceed a client’s organizational needs. For more information, visit

Intern of the Week – Matthew Mercado 

Matthew Mercado is a devoted, well-rounded third year Computer Science student at Mount St. Mary’s University. He is expected to graduate in May 2023 with the dedicated goal to find a Software Engineering or Web Development job with the modest goal of impacting people’s lives.

Accompanied by furthering his own education, Matthew continues to impact others’ lives today as a Peer Mentor for his University. Matthew assists dozens of students enrolled in Computer Science II with troubleshooting techniques and Java CS problem-solving.

Recognized not only for being a leader within his peers, Matthew is also recognized for being the sole website developer for ‘Escape This Frederick.’ The website successfully decreased user bounce rates from 53% to 21% as well as increased the company’s conversion rate from 2.5% to 4.5%. ‘Escape This Frederick’ is now recognized as one of the most popular escape rooms in Maryland. Matthew’s transformation from a standard “Game Master,” to Manager, to Web Developer, demonstrates his passion and ability to excel in the position he is in.

Matthew’s avid problem solving and ability to not only absorb valuable information, but also put it to its intended use has landed him a spot on the Dean’s List 3 semesters in a row and the President’s list this past semester. Matthew’s passion for coding is what motivates him to continue to learn new skills and technologies to prepare him for a professional career in his desired fields.

Currently, Matthew plans to start an internship as soon as his semester ends, beginning May 16th, wrapping up before his next semester begins, August 12th. Ideally, Matthew would prefer a Remote internship, but is open to internships in Maryland or Southern Pennsylvania.

Please share this accomplished young professional with your networks in hopes to connect him with a company that has the right internship for him! If you would like to reach out to Matthew directly, contact him at

Thank you, Matthew, for your submission!

To view Matthew’s resume, click here

CSP Intern of the Week – Ainsley Cline

Ainsley is a well-respected Junior Business Administration Major with minors in Management and Environmental Studies at Lebanon Valley College. She is currently working as a Peer Tutor and Study Pod Leader for various business courses at LVC. In addition to her dedication towards furthering the knowledge of her peers, Ainsley has made the Dean’s list for 4 consecutive semesters and has been elected Treasurer of the student-run dance team. Now elected President of her dance team, Ainsley’s commitment and enthusiasm in her schoolwork, occupation, and extracurriculars, showcases how deep her work ethic runs.

Upon her 2023 graduation, Ainsley is looking forward to developing a career in the fields of Human Resources or Recruiting and Talent Acquisition, with hopes to touch on her interests of Marketing and Event Planning as well. Ainsley’s anticipated internship dates are May 16th – August 12th, 2022. With the preference to stay within the PA, MD, VA, or DC areas, she is open to the idea of relocation around the United States.

Ainsley is looking for a company to sponsor her in her education journey—a company to value her well-developed leadership qualities, career goals, proficient Microsoft Office skills and ultimately be supportive in her professional development.

Please share this accomplished young professional with your networks in hopes we can connect her with the right internship for her! To contact Ainsley directly, please email her at

Click here to see Ainsley’s Resume 

Follow along these next few weeks to see our final features for Interns of the Week. Until next internship season!