Development Intern (Summer)

Washington, DC
Apr 02, 2022
Apr 09, 2022
Full Time

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable people over 50 build economic opportunity. Our approach emphasizes equitable outcomes for populations that have faced systemic discrimination. As AARP's charitable affiliate, we serve AARP members and nonmembers alike. Through vigorous legal advocacy and evidence-based solutions, and by building supportive community connections, we foster resilience, advance equity and restore hope.

AARP Foundation Development Team is seeking a creative, self-motivated, and detail-orientated intern. This intern will support the Development team and rotate between the following units: Direct Response, Corporate and Foundations Fundraising, Major and Planned Gift, and Development Operations. The intern will support fundraising activities, support at least one virtual fundraising engagement event during their internship and help to develop fundraising strategies and tactics.


  • Create and support at least one fundraising engagement event during the internship
  • Assist and execute short-term and long-term strategies for fundraising
  • Work to build long term strategies for donor growth and retention
  • Assist with organizing special campaigns and researching potential donors
  • Send mailings and invitations
  • Provide current donors and members with information as requested


  • Must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college/university rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship or must have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated individual who can determine and honor deadlines
  • Interest in older adults' issues
  • Strong commitment to AARP Foundation's mission and values
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Experience in nonprofit fundraising preferred but not required
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work on multiple projects with attention to detail
  • In-office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.


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.