Policy Research Intern

Washington, DC
Dec 17, 2021
Jan 06, 2022
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 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.

We are seeking a master's-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, professional team.


Assist Chief Public Policy Officer in researching longevity, health care, retirement security, and 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.

We can consider 100% remote for this internship


Ideal candidate:
  • Must be currently enrolled in a master's-level degree program in public policy or related field at an accredited college or university
  • Can 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 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.


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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