We’re building tomorrow’s workforce

Urban Alliance empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentoring. We’ve worked with over 500 businesses to put 5,000 young people on a path to economic success.

Black Lives Matter.
Black Dreams Matter.

CEO Eshauna Smith's statement

'Who Will Succeed in Tomorrow's Job Market?'

Urban Alliance's new white paper explores how well-designed internships can help businesses and schools bridge the growing soft skills gap - and build a more equitable talent pipeline.

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Help Urban Alliance youth - who rely on their paychecks to keep coming regularly - during the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 Student Fund and Resources
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Urban Alliance provides high school students with a work experience that builds their pathway to self-sufficiency

Corporate partners can offer youth real-world experiences to set them up for future success in college, the job market, and beyond by supporting our research-tested High School Internship Program. Learn More About Becoming a Job Partner

Program Spotlight

William Bates

Baltimore, 2013

William is now an employee at his high school internship site, Wells Fargo, and a senior at Bowie State University majoring in Accounting. “I looked at the program as more than a job,” William said. “It was an opportunity to better myself.”

Alexandria Renew

Interview with Karen Pallansch, CEO, and Johnnie Wallace, Environmental Health and Safety Manager

“If you are on company or nonprofit boards, if you work for an organization that doesn’t have Urban Alliance interns, please talk up this amazing and impactful intern program or ask your organization to provide internships or resources to Urban Alliance.”  Read More

We're Just Getting Started

We've Placed 5,000 Students in Professional Internships and Trained More than 20,000 in Workforce Skills


Urban Alliance Alumni connected to work or education pathways that lead to economic self-sufficiency within one year post program


Young people placed in professional internships


High School Graduation Rate

20+ Years

Bridging the gap for at-risk youth

Take an intern.

Change a life.

Become a Job Partner