Communications and Research Intern

Washington, DC
Mar 23, 2023
Apr 20, 2023
Full Time

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

AARP's Community, State and National Affairs (CSN) Group includes Government Relations, Programs, Volunteer Engagement, Community Outreach and Advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. It delivers on AARP's social mission by educating and engaging people 50-plus and their families, strengthening communities, and championing issues that help give people financial and health security.

Are you a creative, passionate, and results-driven student interested in research and communications and learning more about the advocacy space? The AARP Executive Vice President's Core Office is looking for you! Our team support's the Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer in day-to-day activities, issues, and deliverables. We'll challenge you to think and work innovatively on real-world projects. AARP is committed to your growth and cultivating your continued learning and development. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of May 2023 and will go through August.


This internship includes but is not limited to research, drafting communications, and other duties as assigned. As an intern, you will gain valuable work experience with an opportunity to participate in and expand your knowledge of the communication process.
  • Work closely with the Core Office of the Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer's staff to support the EVP with timely research analysis and briefings
  • Prepare materials utilizing PowerPoint, Word documents, and Excel spreadsheets
  • Gather research and compile information on various topics; this could include communications with fellow interns & subject matter experts, online searches, reviewing publications, and accessing library materials
  • Compose communication materials and support the EVP's speechwriter with background research


  • 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

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 $18 for undergraduates, $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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