We’re building tomorrow’s workforce

Urban Alliance believes that all young people -- no matter their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background -- deserve equal access to the skills training, paid work experiences, and professional networks needed to achieve economic mobility. In partnership with over 200 employers, we've provided over 5,700 internships to underserved youth since 1996.

Black Lives Matter.
Black Dreams Matter.

CEO Eshauna Smith's statement

How Urban Alliance Quickly Pivoted to Virtual Programming

Learn how UA reimagined our High School Internship Program to ensure that Black and Brown continue to have access to economic opportunity during COVID-19.

Urban Alliance's new brief explores the economic impact of COVID-19 on youth, the ripple effects of youth employment across communities, and how employers can ensure that today's students can successfully transition into tomorrow's workforce, even during a pandemic that has seen record youth unemployment and disconnection rates.

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More Than Just Pocket Money
2019-2020 Yearbook

Hear how Urban Alliance students persevered through a year of disruptions in first-ever interactive, online annual report.

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Urban Alliance is building a diverse next-generation workforce by providing job skills training, mentoring, and paid internships to young people of color during high school.

In partnership with over 200 employers, we level the playing field for young people of color by equipping them with the tools to overcome the systemic barriers preventing them from equitably accessing economic opportunity.

Learn More About Becoming an Employer 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 Over 5,700 Students in Professional Internships and Trained More than 21,000 in Workforce Skills


Urban Alliance alumni connected to economically-mobile pathways


Young people placed in paid, professional internships


High school graduation rate

20+ Years

Connecting underserved youth to economic opportunity

Hire an intern.

Change a life.

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