Field Program Intern

Denver, Colorado
Oct 11, 2022
Oct 20, 2022
Full Time

Wish of a Lifetime from AARP (WOL) grants wishes to people 65-plus connecting them to their passions in recognition of their special accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices. WOL helps people achieve long-held goals while also combatting the negative effects of isolation and strengthening social ties and intergenerational connections.

Are you a college student who is creative and passionate about making the world a better place? Are you interested in learning about the nonprofit sector and other grassroots movements? Our regional field team is looking for you! As the face of WOL, our team is responsible for managing a regional network of volunteers, sourcing wishes from local stakeholders, and expanding delivery of services with a focus on intergenerational programming. WOL is a part of the AARP family and focuses on granting wishes to senior citizens throughout the United States.

Interns play an integral role in WOL's National Field program. As an intern, you will apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to help recruit and train a sustainable network of volunteers, ensure steady flow of wish submissions through creative and network driven sourcing efforts, and support the field team in expanding delivery of services with a focus on intergenerational programming. We'll challenge you to think and work in new ways. We are committed to your growth and will cultivate your continued learning and development. This is a paid internship starting in Fall 2022.


  • Support volunteer recruitment and training efforts
  • Organize volunteers to help support programming goals
  • Create presentations and communications collateral to engage local organizations
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team to create strategic plans for future intergenerational programs
  • Conduct local outreach to inform organizations and individuals about our mission and uncover wishes for deserving seniors in the community
  • Collaborate with Wish Operations Team to ensure successful vetting and execution of wishes within a geographic region


  • Must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college/university rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship or must have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector, either through coursework, volunteerism, or employment experience.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to confidently and clearly communicate information verbally and in writing.
  • The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with information that will be obtained in daily interactions.
  • Proficiency in all MS Office programs with an emphasis on MS Word, Excel, and internet research tools.
  • Some volunteer experience is preferred, although not required
  • In-office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

The hourly range is $18 for undergraduates, $21 for graduate students, $28 for Ph.D. candidates. Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.