Library and Research Intern (Graduate Student)

Washington, DC
Sep 20, 2021
Sep 26, 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.

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.

Fine-tune your research skills by interning with a dynamic unit focused on research, insights, synthesis, innovation, personal growth, and emerging technologies. We are seeking a Master's-level graduate student pursuing a degree in Data Science and Analytics, Sociology or other Social Science, Research, Statistics, Library & Information Science, or a related field. You must be able to learn quickly and apply new skills; work independently and collaboratively; and possess excellent research, analytical, writing, organizational, and communications skills.

The Library & Strategic Services Department of AARP is looking for a Master's-level graduate student. The internship will provide the student with hands-on experience in conducting secondary research using a vast array of databases and experience in interpreting and synthesizing research findings. It gives the chance to do meaningful work that impacts society and make relevant professional connections. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with the largest social welfare organization in the country. It is an excellent way for a talented graduate student interested in Social Sciences, Data Science and Analytics, Research, or Library Science to acquire hands-on experience as part of a small, committed, and professional team. The expected work schedule is 20-25 hours per week.

On an average day, you will be:
• Synthesize research findings from AARP's collection of resources, including primary and secondary research, databases, academic journals, surveys, consumer and market research, etc.
• Summarize research reports for internal distribution
• Create data visualizations
• Contribute to data analyses and write-up of findings
• Proactively distribute research from AARP's collection of resources to internal stakeholders
• Apply innovative thinking and problem solving to challenges
• Conduct literature scans on research requests for stakeholders throughout the association.
• Perform company due diligence and people vetting
• Assist with special projects such as collection management
• Assist with library marketing and promotional events.
• Explore and demonstrate new and emerging technologies in the AARP Library collection, such as virtual reality (VR) technology
• Answer ad-hoc research requests as assigned
Customer Service Focused
• Provide face-to-face interactions at the Library's Reference Desk (when we are not remote)
• Provide virtual interactions with clients
• Monitor and provide timely responses via the Library's internal communication channels to help manage project in-take


Prospective intern must be currently enrolled in a Master's-level degree program in Data Science & Analytics, Social Sciences, Research, Library and Information Science or a related field at an accredited college or university.

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 college and are now enrolled in a continuing education program.

Required qualifications:
• Excellent research, analytical, writing and critical thinking skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Skilled in data analysis
• Ability to synthesize research findings
• Ability to identify, analyze and solve problems creatively and independently
• Familiarity with social sciences and/or statistics and/or survey data and analysis
• Ability to create data visualizations
• Prior use and familiarity with statistical software packages such as SPSS
• Knowledge of library research databases
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and shift priorities as directed
• A strong commitment to providing outstanding customer service
• Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
• Inquisitiveness, organization, and keen attention to details

A writing sample is required.

Compensation and Benefits

Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.

As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.
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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