Policy Research Intern (Spring)

Washington, DC
Dec 08, 2020
Dec 16, 2020
Full Time
Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Policy, Research and International Affairs (PRI) serves AARP by leading the development and articulation of AARP's public policies, research and insights on the 50+ and issues that matter to them, importing best global practices, and strengthening AARP's reputation for world class expertise and thought leadership.


We are seeking a masters-level graduate student pursuing a degree in public policy or a related field to provide research support to AARP's Chief Public Policy Officer on topics related to longevity and aging.

This paid internship offers an exciting opportunity to work with the largest social welfare organization in the country. It is an excellent way for a graduate student interested in public policy research to acquire hands-on experience as part of a small, committed, and professional team. The duration of this internship can be up to a year.


Assist the Chief Public Policy Officer in conducting research on topics related to longevity, health care, retirement security, among other aging issues.
  • Research primary sources
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Synthesize research findings
  • Prepare issue and perspective summaries, briefings and other background materials
  • Organize citations

Other duties as assigned

Ideal candidates:
  • Must be currently enrolled in a masters-level degree program in public policy or related field at an accredited college or university
  • Are able to learn quickly and apply new skills
  • Can work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Possess excellent research, analytical, organizational, and communications skills
  • Have advanced computer skills, including with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), and familiarity with SPSS is required. Familiarity with data visualization programs such as Tableau or infographics preferred

AARP also considered non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers. This may include those who have previously graduated college and are now enrolled in a continuing education program.
Benefits Offered

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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