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 a paid 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 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.
In October 2022, Urban Alliance, Smithsonian Institution and Bank of America announced the Andrew Plepler Internship Program designed to support youth employment and increase representation in arts and culture organizations. The program will be part of Urban Alliance’s flagship High School Internship Program.
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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
Class of 2023 Internship Application is now closed — High Schoolers interested in joining our Class of 2024 cohort?
Check back in February of 2023.
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Are you interested in paid internships in Washington, DC 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.
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
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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.