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Job Title:
Policy Integration Intern
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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

This summer internship supports policy development, integration and action in all of AARP strategic areas. This includes health and long term care issues, economic and financial security issues, and consumer issues such as housing, transportation, utilities and technology, and personal and legal rights. The summer intern may have the opportunity to contribute to several of AARP current priority areas including  Healthy Living (brain health), Caregiving, and Work & Save. This position will conduct objective policy research both from domestic and international sources, in order to identify the best ideas and practices from around the world in the areas of health security, financial resilience, and personal fulfillment. The work includes providing research, analyzing member/volunteer policy input, interpreting findings of research, writing draft reports, and assisting with the planning and development of meetings, as well as attending external meetings and conferences and reporting back on the issues.  


Duties of our intern will include and are not limited to the following: 

  1. Provides research as needed across all issues areas;
  2. Provides general support to the OPDI team in the policy development process, production of written materials and conducting policy meetings and forums;
  3. Drafts and/or edits documents including policy reports, publications and other materials; 
  4. Demonstrates “One AARP” cultural attributes and behaviors in all interactions.


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 rising undergraduate juniors or seniors.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.  

Requires analytical ability, good written and oral communication skills and attention to detail necessary to support the production of high quality documents.  Assist in the coordination of meetings involving high level internal and external speakers. Must able to manage multiple assignments, exercise good judgment in diverse set of circumstances, and interact with appropriate level of professionalism with staff and volunteers.

  1. Ability to work somewhat independently and check-in for guidance as needed on assignments; 
  2. Interact with staff and volunteers with appropriate level of professionalism and judgment;
  3. Effective analytical ability and oral and written communication skills; 
  4. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint; 
  5. Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team; 

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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