Greater DC

In 1996, Andrew Plepler, then an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department, asked students at Anacostia High School in Southeast Washington, DC what they really needed to be successful. One young woman answered very honestly, “I need a job.” Plepler 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. 

For 25 years, Urban Alliance has partnered with businesses throughout the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, MD, Prince George’s County, MD, and Northern Virginia to connect more than 4,000 high school students to paid, professional internships, and provided career-readiness training to more than 18,000 students through community workshops. The Greater DC region program typically works with over 130 businesses and more than 200 students from over 35 high schools throughout the region. 

View our Greater DC Valued Partners here.

To learn more about our Greater DC region program, please contact a member of our team.

Location and Contact Information
2030 Q Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202.459.4300
Fax: 202.459.4301
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Applications for the High School Internship Program close June 17, 2022.

Greater DC Partners

Get Involved

Are you interested in a paid internship or workforce readiness training during the school year? Applications for the Greater DC Region (including Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, MD, and Prince George’s County, MD) High School Internship Program, the Martha’s Table/Urban Alliance Program, or the World Bank Summer Internship Program open soon.

High School Internship Program (for HS seniors):

You may be eligible for the High School Internship Program if you are:

  • On track to graduate in June 2023
  • Authorized for an off-campus/early release schedule
  • Able to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA

Employ Youth. Inspire Excellence.

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.