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Carlucci Fellowship Summer Blog Post | John Pratson

I spent the summer working for Booz Allen Hamilton as a management consulting intern within the Strategic Innovation Group (SIG). I was specifically aligned to the Culture and Change Management Team within the Digital Strategy Group. Traditionally known for client-site based work, Booz Allen created the SIG several years ago to serve as an internal incubator for emerging capabilities to solve the federal governments most trying problems. The Culture and Change Management Team focuses on employing those capabilities within various departments and agencies within the federal government.

When I served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, I would often think of how some of our problems might be viewed by an outside party. While we might have known our tactical playbooks inside and out, we had limited abilities and resources to incorporate cutting edge technology or other innovative solutions. Booz Allen focuses on doing just that. In my limited time with the firm, I was exposed to how Booz Allen serves entities within the federal government such as the Department of Veteran Affairs, and how their long-standing relationships with these agencies allow for a continued process of delivering solutions.

I also had the opportunity to learn about the business development cycle from individuals who work predominantly in the intelligence community, and how Booz Allen is uniquely positioned to provide best-in-class solutions for the Directorate of National Intelligence and its individual entities.

The most rewarding moment of the summer came when I was able to advise a team of undergraduate interns who were working on a project involving veterans’ employment as a part of Booz Allen’s annual Summer Games competition. The group was attempting to create an innovative software application that would connect transitioning veterans to mentors in various industries in an attempt to improve veterans’ long-term economic outcomes. I was thrilled to contribute to their work and was thoroughly encouraged to see Booz Allen’s commitment to the veteran community.