From Intern to Employee: Forging a Career Path at Aptive


From Intern to Employee: Forging a Career Path at Aptive

Posted on 05.14.24

What started out as an internship opportunity turned into a full-time Aptive career for Dylan Angeline, a health care attorney, Air Force Veteran and graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions.

Angeline, who’s enrolled in the nation’s top-ranked graduate program in health administration at UAB, wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after he graduated, but now he knows: federal government consulting.

“I love federal consulting,” said Angeline, who noted that the vast majority of the program’s students do internships in clinical settings, with only about 10% to 20% completing consulting internships. “More students would choose organizations like Aptive if they knew about these [internship] opportunities.”

Focusing On Solutions

As a health care attorney defending hospitals, doctors, nurses and health systems, Angeline routinely saw the problems they face and wanted to be closer to the problem-solving. “You don’t get to do that as a lawyer,” he said. “You only get called when there’s a problem. I wanted to provide solutions to health organizations.”

During his internship, Angeline helped the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which operates the nation’s largest health care system, work through problems with inconsistent policies and processes brought to light by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). As part of the VHA Integrated Healthcare Transformation Policy Transformation (TOPR 0028) team, he reviewed and analyzed VHA policies to determine whether they needed to be modified or rescinded. During his studies, he also conducted comparative legal assessments on clinical scopes of practice to find comprehensive and effective solutions for exploding health care demand. The work supports VHA’s goal of eliminating overdue national policies and reducing policy variation across local medical centers and Veterans Integrated Services Networks.​

“The internship was about 20 hours each week, which was great because I had a lot of flexibility to get my schoolwork done,” Angeline said. Following the internship, Aptive offered Angeline a full-time position. Now at the end of his classroom work, he will fulfill the program’s fellowship requirement as a health care management consultant at Aptive.

“Dylan brings a unique perspective to identifying and designing client solutions,” said Ari Friedman, vice president for Veteran Health at Aptive and Angeline’s preceptor during the fellowship. “I believe this is an essential function for building a successful consulting career. I look forward to seeing his career grow at Aptive.”

Signing Day

To mark the end of students’ academic work and the start of their fellowships/residencies, UAB began a signing day tradition. An idea came from a student and former football player to hold a celebration event during which students announce where they have signed up as fellows/residents with signs and ballcaps from those institutions.

Although Angeline may be the only student in his program completing a fellowship at Aptive, that could change in the future. “I am going to present Aptive at Preceptor’s Day so other students have the opportunity to learn about the company,” he said. “Aptive prepares you for wherever you want to be.”

For Angeline, that means becoming a health care consulting executive and, eventually, top executive at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Visit Aptive’s website to learn more about the company’s internship program.