High School Internship Program

Our signature High School Internship Program provides skills training, mentoring, and paid internships to high school seniors that keep them connected to school or the workforce. 

Dah’Marria Reddic High School Internship Class of 2021, Detroit "Becoming an intern for Rocket Mortgage was one of the best things that I could have done for my future. I gained knowledge in all aspects of marketing, work etiquette, ethics and so much more."

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An intensive, year-long experience featuring professional development training, paid internships, and one-on-one support. 

Leslie Hernandez 

“Thanks to Urban Alliance, I was able to get introduced to sets of skills that are important for any individual to succeed in the professional work environment.”  

Greater DC  '21

How does the internship work? 

Work Throughout Your Senior Year
Paid interns work part-time during the school year (Monday-Thursday for up to 12 hours per week) and full-time during the summer (Monday-Thursday for up to 32 hours per week). 

Dedicated Support From Two Caring Adults
Each intern is assigned a dedicated Urban Alliance Internship Program Lead, as well as a one-on-one workplace mentor, who provide support to guide the intern's professional development and post-high school planning. 

Professional Skills Development Workshops   
Throughout their experience with Urban Alliance, interns work with our team on job and life skills. They complete approximately six weeks of pre-employment job skills training, which is followed by weekly post-high school planning as well as job and life skills workshops for the duration of their internship.

What is Urban Alliance?

Urban Alliance is a non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C. building a diverse next-generation workforce by providing job skills training, mentoring, pre-apprenticeships and paid internships to high school youth and young adults from underserved communities so that they may live a life of economic independence and upward mobility. 

We fight for equity by inspiring students to dream big and achieve economic mobility. Our work supports the development of diverse talent pipelines. ​

In partnership with over 200 employers, we level the playing field for young people in the workforce by equipping them with the tools to overcome the systemic barriers that prevent equal access to economic opportunity.

What can Urban Alliance do for high school seniors?

Urban Alliance's core High School Internship Program connects students with paid, professional internships, job skills training, one-on-one mentoring, and post-program support that lead toward economic success. 

Early access to job training, networks, and opportunities can help students connect in any pathway-- college, career, or vocational training. Urban Alliance's uniquely comprehensive approach exposes interns to new professional pathways, removes barriers to success, ensures long-term connections to the workforce. 


What is the history of Urban Alliance?

In 1996, a student at Anacostia Senior High School in Washington, DC said that what young people really needed to be successful were real, meaningful jobs. Urban Alliance founder Andrew Plepler, then an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department, listened, found that student an internship, and enlisted five of his friends to do the same for other students. That experience led to the creation of Urban Alliance.

Urban Alliance has since provided over 6,000 students with internships in professional settings such as law firms, banks, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. The organization has also worked with over 21,000 students through curriculum outreach. With over 25 years of experience providing evidence-based workforce interventions to thousands of students in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, and the Greater DC Region, Urban Alliance has a proven track record of improving post-high-school outcomes for young people.

How do we know this program works?

Since 1996, Urban Alliance has partnered with over 500 businesses and 100 schools to provide over 6,000 young people with paid internships and another 21,000+ youth with professional development training. 100 percent of Urban Alliance students graduate from high school; over 90 percent are accepted to college. A further 80 percent of enrolled alumni persist to a second year in college, and 80 percent of all alumni are connected to a college, career, or career-training pathway one year post-program.


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