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Job Title:
Intern II - Library (Summer)
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Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
Policy, Res & Interntnl Affair
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.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, 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.



Summary Statement

We’re millions of members strong – with more joining us every day – the largest and “most powerful grassroots organization” around, according to Fortune magazine.  In fact, our commitment and collective strength enables us to serve and support a broad and diverse membership as well as embrace our own workplace diversity.  Here’s your chance to take action in Washington, DC and throughout the US!

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.


The intern will support a dynamic AARP Library staff in a variety of research tasks, including monitoring the Library’s internal communication channels, answering selected research information requests, library administration, assisting with library marketing strategy and events, assisting with special projects, such as collection management, assisting in the planning and presentation of library orientations and other duties as assigned. 

The position allows an intern to acquire hands-on experience with an active library team and will provide much needed support to the Research Center and AARP.  The intern will have an opportunity to hone their skills working for the largest social welfare organization in the country. 


An intern coordinator will be responsible for providing guidance and workflow management to the intern and he or she will also have access to a mentor and to the AARP Library Director. The position will directly impact the ability of the Research Center to support AARP’s social mission.


The Intern will allow the library to accomplish goals that would be harder to accomplish without the assistance of the intern – specifically small research requests, obtaining materials from external libraries and developing a variety of ready reference materials in electronic and traditional formats for clients.  These tasks are critical and their successful completion will add value to the Research Center’s ability to leverage knowledge.

The ideal intern is working towards a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Must possess excellent research techniques.  General knowledge of library research databases is critical.  Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.  Ability to identify, analyze and solve problems creatively and independently.  It is very important that you have the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and shift priorities as directed.  Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite are required. Excellent oral and written communication skills and keen attention to details are also required and you must demonstrate a commitment to providing outstanding customer service.


Interns must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or University, in their junior or senior years of their undergraduate studies, or in their second year of graduate school, with a minimum GPA of 3.0

To Apply for this Opportunity
1.     Submit a current resume in response to the specific posted job, or indicate your preferred work location (we’re in all 50 states and U.S. territories);
2.     A cover letter detailing the areas of interest to you for an internship at AARP;
3.     Two letters of recommendation or references from a college or university professor/instructor and a manager who is familiar with your work;
4.     An official copy of a current semester transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (minimum GPA required of 3.0)
5.     AARP screens its employees and interns through background clearance and drug testing. 
Instructions for Uploading Your Cover Letter & Writing Sample
1.     Adding cover letter and writing sample at time of application submission;
·Complete the on-line application by clicking the SUBMIT button at the end of the application;
·Click the MY CAREER TOOLS link at the top of the “MY APPLICATIONS” SCREEN;
·Separately upload each document
2.     Adding cover letter and writing samples at a later time
·Access the careers website –
·Log in with the user name/password used at the time that you applied for the internship
·Click the MY CAREER TOOLS link on the top right of the screen
·Scroll down to the COVER LETTERS and ATTACHMENTS section
·Separately upload each document

Benefits Offered

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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