Research Intern (Graduate/Ph.D. Student)

Washington, DC
Mar 15, 2023
Apr 14, 2023
Full Time

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable people over 50 build economic opportunity. Our approach emphasizes equitable outcomes for populations that have faced systemic discrimination. We serve all people 50 plus and their families. Through vigorous legal advocacy and evidence-based solutions, and by building supportive community connections, we foster resilience, advance equity and restore hope.

Are you passionate about research? Are you interested in supporting work that could help vulnerable older adults increase their economic opportunities? Then, AARP Foundation Research Team is looking for you! As a paid Research Intern with AARP Foundation, you will have the opportunity to work on elements for various research activities and projects, depending on project need and your interest. This internship will allow you to work up to 40 hours per week and has an anticipated start date of May 2023 and will go through the end of the year. You will primarily work with the AARP Foundation research team and interact with other AARP Foundation staff to fulfill the position's responsibilities.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Contribute to the development and execution of research projects in the areas of workforce, public benefits, and tax refunds and credits by supporting the creation of research plans and management of projects
  • Conduct analyses of publicly available datasets to support requests from internal and external stakeholders for data and information about older adults living with low income
  • Create visual presentations of data and research findings
  • Contribute to critical review, assessment, and interpretation of primary and secondary research
  • Apply inquiry and problem-solving skills to advance the efficiency of research department processes


  • Currently pursuing a graduate degree in research, gerontology, public health, social sciences, or a related field and remain enrolled throughout the internship. Preference will be given to candidates enrolled in a doctoral program
  • Knowledge of and experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods and ability to analyze, synthesize, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data
  • Knowledge of and experience applying various statistical methods to data analysis is a plus
  • Creative initiative and thinking for presenting research findings and translating research into programmatic action
  • Organizational and project management skills, with attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; proficiency in statistical software such as SPSS and data visualization software such as Tableau
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo is a plus
  • Successful candidate will be dedicated to AARP Foundation's mission and will have a current understanding of issues facing older adults living with low income

Additional Requirements

  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions
  • 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 $21 for graduate students, and $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.

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