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Job Title:
HR Compensation Graduate Intern (Grad Student)
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Job Function:
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Job Category:
Human Resources
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
Human Resources Group
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Human Resources

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 Human Resources Group aligns policies, procedures, and activities with AARP’s mission and strategic priorities.  Human Resources does this by partnering with AARP’s leaders and employees to assist them in achieving their objectives.  We challenge dynamics inhibiting AARP progress and help AARP meet its social and financial objectives

Summary Statement

The HRG-Compensation team is seeking a graduate student as a part-time, year-round compensation intern to assist in the analysis, design, and administration of compensation programs. The intern will have the opportunity to work in areas related to base pay, incentive pay, performance management programs, analysis of compensation surveys, requests for pay adjustments to ensure compliance with current compensation policy and will contribute to the team’s work in resolving daily operational issues.

Working closely with the Vice President of Compensation, Policy and Analysis and her Compensation team, this intern will apply learnings and skills to assist in contributing to the overall goals of the department.  If you are a self-starter with strong analytic and collaborative skills, join our team to help contribute to the goals of AARP, the largest social mission organization in the country.


The Compensation Intern will pperform basic assignments that customarily and regularly require the exercise of discretion and independent judgment.  Will receive general instructions on non-routine or new assignments and will learn to use professional concepts and company policies and practices to independently solve problems and handle tasks and/or issues guided by application of standards, procedures, or precedent.  Contact is typically coordinative and informative in nature and involves exchanging and interpreting information.

Duties will include and are not limited to the following:

  1. Serve as a resource to management on a variety of projects and compensation-related issues, including program design and base pay administration;


  2. Participate in compensation surveys to determine changes in the labor market, economic indicators, and compensation trends;


  3. Update survey data for current benchmark positions;


  4. Provide support for special projects, reports, and studies covering a range of compensation initiatives.  Analyze and interpret results and present findings in a concise format;


  5. Assist the team with duties that contribute to the day-to-day operations, as assigned.



Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university; maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; and be considered graduate students.  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. 

To Apply for this Opportunity

  1. Click APPLY to complete the online application and submit a current resume in response to this posting;
  2. Attach a copy of your transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required);
  3. Be prepared to submit two letters of recommendation; which can be from a college or university professor or a manager who is familiar with your work (please note that we cannot complete the hiring process without these references)
  4. Be prepared to submit writing samples, if required for the position

Instructions for Uploading Your Documents

  1. Attach your resume as part of the online application
  2. Click the SUBMIT button at the end of the application
  4. Select the MY ACTIVITIES
  5. Select “Add Attachment” under the section labeled COVER LETTERS & ATTACHMENTS
  6. Select the Attachment Type and list the Attachment Title
  7. Select Upload your document
  8. Select Save
  9. If uploading multiple documents, repeat steps 5-8

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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