Innovation Labs Startup Value Creation Intern (Spring)

Expiring today

Washington, DC
Dec 27, 2020
Jan 18, 2021
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.

Are you an intellectually curious student, who is creative, passionate, and results-driven? Our Innovation Labs team is looking for you! Our team engages with the most disruptive age-tech startups in the world that empower consumers to choose how they live as they age. We bring these startups on board, shape them up to become the best versions of themselves, then place them in real-life environments where they can test their solutions for impact. From there, the sky is the limit. If you want to learn from a great team of professionals and be a part of this amazing journey, apply now for this incredible opportunity!

As an Intern, you will work with one of the most dynamic, high performing teams on the planet. You will apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking skills every single day to impact real lives. You will learn, and above it all, you will have fun!

Internship Length: This internship's preferred duration is one year, and the intern must remain academically enrolled throughout the internship.


The Innovation Labs Startup Engagement Intern will support the AARP Innovation Labs team as it builds its startup portfolio and helps companies scale in a sustainable manner.

Position responsibilities include:

Portfolio Strategy Support: Intern will support the Startup Engagement leadership team in defining the strategic priorities of the portfolio, as well as assessing market opportunities and identifying disruptive startups.

Database Management: Intern will be responsible for the day-to-day management and maintenance of the internal startup database. Responsibilities include ensuring that all relevant startup information is accurate and that the cross-matrix relationships are correctly reflected. Intern will also be responsible for tracking the delivery of any financial and service obligations to startups, as well as monitoring associated key performance indicators.

Startup Engagement: Intern is expected to act as an external-facing representative of AARP Innovation Labs. In this role, they will be expected to have a professional and courteous demeanor when interacting with external entities.

Startup Mentoring/Coaching: Intern is expected to support the Startup Engagement leadership team in providing critical mentorship and coaching, as needed. The intern is expected to possess intellectual curiosity and willingness to expose themselves to different industries and environments at a moment's notice.

Warrant Commitments: There are several startups that we engage with to provide consultative and other services in exchange for a warrant in their company. The intern will be responsible for keeping track of our commitments, keeping engaged with the startups from the onboarding process through biweekly touchpoints, and being a liaison with the startups and the rest of AARP.

Sandbox Execution: Sandboxes are live organizational environments where startups can prove that their solutions have clinical efficacy, operational effectiveness, and quality of life impacts with consumers. The intern will play an important role in building-out the sandbox strategy. They may be asked to attend (virtual) conferences to build relationships and help to earn our right to play in the space. As our sandbox relationships grow, the intern may be tasked with the account management of these relationships, which would involve regular touchpoints to ensure that the sandboxes organizations are getting all that they need from AARP.

Investor Engagement: AARP Innovation Labs engages with investors on behalf of startups, facilitates meaningful introductions, and is expected to conduct a major investor conference each year as part of our warrant commitment. The intern will support all facets of investor engagement.

Community Development: Intern will be tasked with developing community activities for the startups in our portfolio, as well as the new sandbox relationships. The end goal will be to bring these organizations together to foster dialog, idea exchange, and synergies on a continuous basis.

Thought Leadership: Intern will be tasked with coordinating the development of thought leadership, blogs, case studies, etc. from our work coming from the sandbox organizations.


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.

At AARP, the health and well-being of our candidates, employees, and members is a top priority. As a result of the COVID pandemic, all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely through the end of 2020. AARP has established social distancing policies to ensure the safety of our essential employees.
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.