Internship Program

Federal Consulting Internship, Fellowship and Residency Program

Launch your career with our paid opportunities 

Are you looking for real-world experience to complement your graduate studies and prepare you for a career at a management consulting firm? Our paid federal government consulting internship, fellowship and residency program trains participants how to deliver health system transformation, enterprise-level change and operational support to federal clients like the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Ideal candidates for this program are self-starters with strong skills in communication, writing, critical thinking and client engagement who are eager to learn about federal agencies and federal consulting. You must currently be enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an accredited college or university and pursuing a graduate degree in business administration, health care management, health care administration, public health or related fields while participating in the program.


Aptive hosts interns, residents and fellows as part of its Federal Consulting Internship, Fellowship and Residency Program. Each member of the program collaborates with experienced consultants and project teams to support federal agencies by performing research analysis, developing presentations, responding to client requests and assisting with other related tasks.

To qualify for internship, residency and fellowship roles, candidates must be actively pursuing a graduate degree in business administration, health care management, health care administration, public health or related fields at an accredited college or university. Participants can be current undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates of a master’s or doctoral program.

Those selected for the program receive meaningful, real-world experience in research, planning, implementation and evaluation, developing both hard and soft skills through their experience working with Aptive and the federal government. In many cases, internship placements have even led to full time employment opportunities with Aptive.


Which program is right for you?


Intended for motivated, high-achieving graduate students, particularly those early in their academic careers.

Roles and Responsibilities

Conduct quantitative and qualitative research

Help develop recommendations for federal agencies and clients

Participate in solution sessions

Assist with communication and coordination among stakeholders and necessary administrative tasks

Skills Development

Gain practical experience that helps develop both technical and interpersonal skills

Apply theoretical knowledge from studies to real-world scenarios

Build a foundation for future careers in health care administration

Gain skills in consulting and problem-solving



Designed for high-performing graduate students who have completed their formal education and are in a period of hands-on training, often as a graduate requirement.

Roles and Responsibilities

Apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations

Organizing and assisting with the development of insightful recommendations to federal agencies

Work closely with experienced consultants

Engage in research and analysis

Contribute to client projects aimed at transforming health care systems within federal agencies

Skills Development

Gain practical, hands-on experience that helps bridge the gap between academic learning and professional practice in health care consulting.



Designed for individuals who have completed their master’s degree and seek advanced expertise in a specialized area, or grad students who have completed their internship or initial training and are ready for more advanced study or project work.

Roles and Responsibilities

Contribute to significant strategic initiatives related to federal health care management consulting

Conduct in-depth research and project work to measure, govern and evaluate performance

Complete a capstone project prior to the end of the fellowship

Skills Development

Identify issues and create innovative solutions for federal health care challenges

Develop recommendations clearly through reports and publications, contributing to strategic initiatives

Potentially publishing findings and recommendations in professional or academic outlets

Interns, Residents and Fellows


Our interns come from across the United States. No matter where you hail from, our internships provide experiences, relationships and development opportunities to help launch your Aptive career.