Thought Leadership & International Intern

Washington, DC
Feb 11, 2022
Feb 25, 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. Thought Leadership & International helps position AARP as the preeminent global leader in challenging outdated beliefs and sparking new solutions for people to choose how they age.

The Thought Leadership & International team is seeking a creative, analytical, and forward-thinking intern to join our team as we leverage, develop and champion new insights, thought-provoking ideas backed by evidence and create bold solutions to address major societal issues. The ideal intern with work closely with team members and have the opportunity to work on live projects and contribute to research reports that will help advance their careers.

The Office of Policy Development and Integration (OPDI) develops AARP's public policies through an ongoing process with AARP staff experts that includes objective policy analysis and nationwide member and volunteer input. These policies are published in AARP's online Policy Book and other products. OPDI also partners with other AARP departments and guides staff across the enterprise to ensure integration of the latest policy and research within all of AARP's activities.

The ideal intern will research emerging policy issue areas and assist in developing new policy stances for the enterprise to integrate into its operations. The intern will have broad responsibilities, including managing short- and long-term projects and activities, assisting with increasing our communication efforts, database development, and entry, researching thought leaders and issues, and providing support to and staffing a range of convening's, workshops, and other events.

The intern position will support our teams' efforts to build new platforms and activities around new initiatives, meetings, and conferences. The intern will also support ongoing projects that include but are not limited to the Longevity Economy project, the Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity, the 2021-2022 update to the AARP Policy Book, and a series of internal and external events and workshops. This internship has an expected start date of spring 2022.


  • Perform a range of tasks depending on the project and research needs of OPDI and Thought Leadership
  • Identify related research and potential thought leadership opportunities
  • Identify and research thought leaders across numerous industries
  • Stay up to date on trending issues across industries as it relates to longevity and equity and other emerging policy issues OPDI will identify
  • Event support, including assisting in logistics surrounding global thought leadership events
  • Collaborate across the OPDI and Thought Leadership and International teams, and across AARP more broadly, to ensure the successful communication of thought leadership events
  • Write, proof, or fact-check reports
  • Database development and entry
  • Administrative support
  • Other duties as assigned

To succeed in the role, you must have:
  • An entrepreneurial mindset, proactive attitude, and desire to seize opportunities
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral, and an attention to detail
  • Good digital skills: proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (required); social media


Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university and must be in a graduate or doctoral program.

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.

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.