High School Internship

The Urban Alliance High School Internship Program provides high school seniors an intensive year-long experience featuring professional development training, paid internships and one-on-one support.



Instead of learning in the classroom, we were working on site and experiencing the professional world. We now have professional connections and mentors.

  • Raheim Davis, Washington, DC  – High School Internship Class of 2012

What is the Internship Like?

Work Throughout
Your Senior Year

Interns work part-time (paid) during the school year, Monday-Thursday, 2-5pm and full-time (paid) during the summer, Monday-Thursday.

Continuous Support
From a Program Coordinator

You will be assigned a program coordinator to help support you throughout your internship experience. Additionally, you will work one-on-one with a mentor at your jobsite.

Professional Skills
Development Workshops

Life-skills and job readiness workshops occur every Friday from 3:00-4:30 and from 10:00 to 3:00 every Friday during the summer until completion.


  • What is Urban Alliance?

    Urban Alliance is a unique paid internship program that pairs high school seniors with mentors in professional settings in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL and Northern Virginia. Our mission is to empower under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through formal training, paid internships, and mentorship.

  • What can Urban Alliance do for high school seniors?

    Assistance with the transition from high school to the world of work and/or post-secondary education is a key need for students in inner-city schools. Through Urban Alliance training and internship experiences, high school students will be prepared for the world of work and a life of self-sufficiency.

  • What is the history of Urban Alliance?

    Founded in 1996, Urban Alliance has provided more than 3,000 students with internships in professional settings such as law firms, banks, hospitals, financial institutions and non-profit organizations.

    In 1996, Andrew Plepler, then an Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, established Urban Alliance after visiting Anacostia Senior High School in Washington, D.C.

    Andrew asked the students what they needed to succeed, and one honest young man replied, “I need a real job.”

    Andrew found an internship for that student and five of his friends—and created Urban Alliance. Since then, we have employed more than 1,100 youth and partnered with more than 100 local businesses.

    With a unique blend of real-life experience and formal instruction, we continue to help students across D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago work, aspire, and succeed.

  • Who participates in the Urban Alliance program?

    Local high school seniors apply to become Urban Alliance Interns at job partner organizations. These job partners are local businesses that devote time to develop the interns’ professional skills. Each job partner designates a mentor to supervise and coach the Intern.

  • Is the Urban Alliance program successful?

    Yes, Urban Alliance has had great success. Urban Alliance Interns have higher graduation rates (100%) and college enrollment rates (80% enroll in college).