Research Intern (Ph.D. Candidate)

Washington, DC
Feb 18, 2022
Feb 24, 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.

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, engage in a social mission organization focused on people age 50 and older, and build your professional network. Join Consumer Insights Research at AARP for a paid internship in applied research, data analysis, and data visualization. You will have a chance to do meaningful work with the largest social welfare organization in the country. You will have the opportunity to make relevant professional connections. This position is an excellent way for a talented graduate student interested in research and marketing to acquire hands-on experience as part of a small, committed, and professional team. We'll challenge you to think and work in new ways. We are committed to your growth and will cultivate your continued learning and development.

This is a paid internship with an anticipated start date of Spring 2022 and an end date of December 2022, and it may have the option to continue for additional semesters. The time commitment is up to 40 hours per week.


The intern will work on various quantitative and qualitative research projects on issues that affect mid-life and older adults.
  • Tasks include:
  • Fact-checking reports
  • Writing backgrounds for reports
  • Data mining public datasets
  • Preparing graphics for presentations
  • Designing surveys
  • Conducting and summarizing basic data analyses
  • Creating Infographics
  • Creating Tableau visualizations
  • An array of other research-related tasks


Prospective interns must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university, remain academically enrolled throughout the internship, and be a graduate or post-doctoral student.

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.

Additional requirements include:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and resolve issues creatively and independently
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team
  • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Knowledge of applied research practices such as survey design and analysis
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (particularly PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, and Excel)
  • Familiarity with SPSS required; familiarity with data visualization such as Tableau or infographics preferred
  • Students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in social sciences, communications, policy, or business are encouraged to apply


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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