Work With Us

17a is a boutique strategy firm focused on improving public service delivery – we are working to change the game for how top talent and the best tech tools get deployed to big public problems.

We are looking for interns who are excited to work for better public service delivery in a specific issue area.



Public Innovation Fellow


Fellowships are designed to give students with interest in a given public problem area the tools and frameworks to think strategically about feasible solutions.

Fellows will engage in biweekly learning sessions to learn both classic and creative problem-structuring strategies, and apply those frameworks in their own area of research. Fellows will share their work for feedback with other fellows in the program as well as the core 17a team, and share their work - both primer overviews and perspective pieces - to the 17a network.

Past areas of research include foster care, opportunity gap, and early childhood education.


  • Biweekly training and group feedback sessions (1 hour, every other week)

  • Weekly issue-area research and thought leadership development, with guidance from 17a team, on the issue area of your choice (2-4 hours per week)

  • Manage content creation for your issue area, including a primer on the problem and perspective on potential solution

Additional opportunities

  • Connection to public problem-solving network and other interested people at Harvard and other schools

  • Potential for paid research support on 17a contracts, commensurate with interest and experience


  • Highly motivated and organized, with a strong desire to learn

  • Comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong time management skills

Remote, minimum 8-week commitment with 5 hours/week

Designed to be fit around academic and extracurricular commitments

To apply, send a statement of interest (including your proposed issue area) and resume to

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.



About 17a

17a is a boutique consultancy focused on improving public service delivery – using a combination of classic management consulting tools and more out-of-the-box solution design and development. We regularly partner with groups who have the potential to improve public sector service delivery, including public sector agencies, technology/data science companies, large corporates and the investment community.


Hacking Heroin Cooperative – An Example of 17a’s Recent Work

The Hacking Heroin Cooperative is a sponsored innovation fund launched by 17a, to incubate and rapidly deploy technology solutions that will close gaps in the existing service delivery system of addiction prevention, response, and recovery. The Cooperative is funded by 3 large health systems and 6 major addiction treatment providers in Ohio and Kentucky. National partners include Microsoft, HHS, Appriss, and RRE Ventures, and more. The Cooperative is built to overcome barriers that prevent innovation in this space to produce tangible wins quickly through a “cooperative” model with providers as a strategic core. The Cooperative is structured as a non-profit incubator that does not take equity and instead coordinates investment in developing and deploying tech with health system and treatment providers. More information about Hacking Heroin can be found here.