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Job Title:
Strategy and Performance Intern-Graduate Student
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Job Function:
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Job Category:
Data Analytics
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
Comm, State & National Affairs
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.

The Community, State and National Affairs (CSNA) team is a key contributor to AARP's mission of social change for Americans 50+ and their families. CSNA drives social change through our advocacy work by giving our members a voice—at the federal, state, local levels and community levels—on issues important to them such as Financial Resilience, Health Security, and Personal Fulfillment. 

With a network of 53 offices in each state, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, we live where we work. This allows us to do what we do best…meet the people and directly engage in our communities to find out what they need and want, enabling us to educate our members with programs and information that is relevant to them.  

Our state offices work hand-in-glove with AARP’s national office in Washington, DC. This reach—from community to state to federal – enables CSNA to better empower people 50+ to enjoy the way they live and work today, while reaching their goals for tomorrow…their life – their way.  

Summary Statement

This graduate level internship directly supports AARP’s goal to be a high-performing, listening, and learning organization, specifically helping the Community, State, and National Affairs (CSNA) Group to extract more value form data and use insights to improve our plans and performance.  Some of the major challenges in this position—and the best learning opportunities—center around: focusing on a few high-value insights from large data sets; making judgments to best follow an analysis plan when responses differ from expectations; working within the limitations of self-reported and imperfect data; tracking the status of multiple work streams; and using feedback to ensure deliverables support decisions and needs of end users.  This is a PT-25 hours per week fall internship, September 12 - December 16, 2016.


AARPS’s key program areas.  You will be assigned critical tasks and get to see your work in action. You will get to:

  • Gather research on AARP’s key issues through publication reviews and online research
  • Conduct interviews with members and partners to support our primary campaigns
  • Develop and/or execute a plan for launching specific programs
  • Write speeches for our executives
  • Contribute to key AARP publications, including print, online and social media


  • Intern must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and in his/her second year of graduate school, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and
  • Two letters of recommendation and one writing sample are required
  • A copy of the most recent or final transcript
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel skills, including the ability to perform calculations, create pivot tables, and create basic charts and graphs
  • Beginner or intermediate document formatting skills in Microsoft Word.
  • Curiosity and creativity to look at information in new ways
  • Effective oral and written English communications skills
  • Ability to follow a project or analysis plan and identify where adjustments are needed to achieve the goal
  • Ability to be present in the DC office at least 2 days per week
  • Two letters of recommendation from a college or university professor/instructor and a manager who is familiar with your work;
  • An official copy of a current semester transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (minimum GPA required of 3.0)
  • Submit to background clearance and drug testing

To Apply for this Opportunity

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);

A writing sample (please attach to with your application)

A cover letter detailing the areas of interest to you for an internship at AARP

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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