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.



Summer Analyst


Summer analysts will work to develop insights on a specific public problem area, including the biggest gaps in public services today and the best solutions going forward.  Analysts will gather, organize, and update both qualitative and quantitative data and will also engage in professional development sessions to learn several strategies for thinking creatively about the toughest problems government and other important stakeholders need to solve.

Analysts will then apply those lessons to formally define opportunities for innovation - to be directly led by 17a or to share with partner organizations. Available sectors for research include, but are not limited to, the following. If your area of interest isn’t on this list, let’s talk!

Criminal justice

Foster care

Early childhood and motherhood

Economic development or workforce

Behavioral health payment innovation

Affordable housing

[your suggestion here]

Analysts will work with the 17a team to

  • Create a comprehensive living map of data, research, and existing innovation efforts in the problem space

  • Survey existing data sources and analyze innovative initiatives already present in the space to develop a deeper understanding of the issue area

  • Coordinate and lead interviews with key stakeholders to gain a holistic understanding of the public problem area - including through interactions with “end consumers” and others with experiences on the frontline of the issue

  • Become the expert! Work with our core team to advise 17a team on strategies for impact in the problem area

  • Manage and create shareable content on your issue of choice

Additional opportunities

  • Dedicated time to learn + practice classic management consulting and new, creative problem-solving approaches

  • “Own” development of an issue primer in an additional public problem area of interest

  • Potential to work with 17a team members on company operations + other contracted projects, commensurate with interest and ability

  • Team events and annual retreat


  • 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

Cincinnati, OH; 8-12 weeks

Position is unpaid (but we can help you find funding!)

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

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until April 15, 2019

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.