City Planning and Design Intern (Graduate Student)

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Washington, DC
May 04, 2023
Jun 03, 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, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their 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 Policy, Research and International Affairs leads the development and communication of AARP's public policies and, research and insights on the issues that matter to people 50-plus.

Join the International Affairs team to support an exciting global initiative with a track record of impacting more equitable and age-friendly communities. The Equity by Design initiative influences the influencers-those people whose work determines how our cities and towns look and function. If you are a graduate student in a built environment discipline (city planning, urban design, architecture, development, etc.) with a passion for social justice, we want you! As a key researcher for the project, your name will appear as a co-author on published case studies, with the possibility of drafting sections and/or editing-extra points for candidates with creative ideas and social media prowess. AARP is committed to your growth and cultivating your continued learning and development. This paid remote internship has an anticipated start date of June, 2023 and will extend through the end of the year.


  • Help identify critical needs and gaps where built environment professionals are not sufficiently/appropriately addressing rapid population aging and disparities among population groups
  • Work closely with a supervisor to take the lead in finding replicable global innovations that fill those gaps and thought leaders advancing these discussions, conduct outreach and some interviews, and draft bullets/summaries and case study outlines
  • Develop social media kits, post on social media, and proactively engage LinkedIn group members
  • Engage collaborating organizations around new collateral and events
  • Depending on bandwidth, potentially support other initiatives of the international team


  • Should be from a built environment discipline, be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited university or a post-doctoral student and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship, or must have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program
  • Must be a self-starter and adaptable with the ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, anticipate project needs, and discern work priorities
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations, including gender, race, and sexual orientation
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Exceptional online research skills
  • Experience and comfort with social media platforms

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
  • Home office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate home environment 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.