Field Program Intern

Denver, Colorado
Dec 06, 2022
Dec 21, 2022
Full Time

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 Wish of a Lifetime, our team is responsible for managing a regional network of volunteers, sourcing wishes from local stakeholders, and expanding the delivery of services with a focus on intergenerational programming. Wish of a Lifetime 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 Wish of a Lifetime'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 a steady flow of wish submissions through creative and network-driven sourcing efforts, and support the field team in expanding the delivery of services with a focus on intergenerational programming. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of January 2023 and will go through May 2023.


  • 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


  • Prospective interns must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship
  • AARP also considers non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers; this may include those who 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 communicate information verbally confidently and clearly 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

Physical/Mental Demands
  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement and discretion requiring the employee to compare and evaluate various courses of conduct and make a decision (or recommend a decision to be made) after various possibilities have been considered.
  • 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.