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Job Title:
Applied Research Intern II, Summer, 2018 (Grad Student)
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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

Fine tune your research skills by interning with a dynamic research unit to help advance the mission of AARP on issues that affect midlife and older adults.  We are seeking a Master’s-level graduate student pursuing a degree in research, marketing, business, or a related field.  You must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively; have an interest in learning about issues affecting individuals age 50 and older; and possess excellent research, organizational, and communications skills.

The Research Department of AARP is looking for a strong Master’s-level graduate student to serve as a paid intern in Summer 2018 .  The time commitment is 40 hours per week during the summer months at our downtown DC office from June - August 2018.  The office is conveniently located near the Gallery Place metro. The internship is competitively paid.

The internship will provide the student with hands-on experience in applied research, data analysis, and data visualization, a chance to do meaningful work that impacts society, and the opportunity for making relevant professional connections. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with the largest social welfare organization in the country and is an excellent way for a talented graduate student interested in research and marketing to acquire hands-on experience as part of a small, committed and professional team.


The Intern will work on a variety of research projects. Tasks include:

  • fact checking reports,
  • writing backgrounds for reports,
  • data mining public datasets,
  • preparing graphics for presentations,
  • conducting and summarizing basic data analyses,
  • creating Infographics, creating Tableau visualizations, and an array of other research-related tasks. 

The successful candidate will possess excellent writing and communication skills and be inquisitive, organized, detail-oriented, friendly, able to multi-task, knowledgeable of research practices, and be comfortable with both standard Microsoft Office software (particularly Excel and Word) and SPSS. Applicants must have excellent critical thinking/problem solving skills and an ability to identify, analyze and resolve issues creatively and independently.   Applicants must be actively attending an accredited university. Students pursuing their MA, MS, or PhD degrees in social sciences, communications, policy, or business are encouraged to apply. 

An intern coordinator will be responsible for providing guidance and workflow management to the intern and the intern will also have access to a mentor and to the Director of State Research.


AARP Interns must be currently enrolled in a Master's-level degree program at an accredited college or university; maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; Students who are pursuing degrees in research, marketing, business, or a related field at an accredited college or university are encouraged to apply.

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. 

The following are requirements for the position:

  • Advanced computer skills, including facility with Microsoft Office (Work, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and familiarity with SPSS, are required; familiarity with data visualization such as Tableau or infographics preferred;
  • Must have excellent research, writing, and organizational skills, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and keen attention to details are also required.
  • Two references are required, one from a professor or an advisor, the other from an employer;
  • A writing sample;
  • A copy of the final transcript;
  • Background check is required.

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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