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Job Title:
Policy and Programs Graduate Intern (Year-Round)
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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

The Public Policy Institute’s Policy and Programs team is seeking a strong Graduate Intern who is available for a year-round, part-time internship.  You will assist the Long-Term Services and Supports & Livable Communities Group with a range of policy and programmatic issues that include, but are not limited to, family caregiving, long-term services and supports, housing, transportation, and other issues related to livable communities. 

This is a part-time, year-round internship opportunity and you will assist  our busy team of professionals in our Public Policy Institute at our headquarters in Washington, DC.  Apply now for immediate consideration, if you are interested in developing your expertise while assisting AARP in advancing its mission.  


The Public Policy Institute Policy and Programs Graduate Intern will assist the Long-term Services and Supports & Livable Communities Group with a range of policy and programmatic issues including, but not limited to, family caregiving, long-term services and supports, housing, transportation, and other issues related to livable communities.  The individual will join a team at the forefront of creating and driving innovative solutions that empower individuals and their families to thrive in their homes and communities. This position will contribute to several major enterprise initiatives, including Caregiving and assisting with the livable communities enterprise plan for the’ Future of Transportation and Future of Housing initiatives.   

This position requires someone with a high degree of organization, an ability to see the “big picture” and understand the level of detail needed to ensure success along the way. Creativity and initiative are critical for this role.   

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

1) project management;

2) conducting research and policy analysis;

3) providing technical support to senior staff and;

5) providing innovative ideas to enhance and expand our overall efforts. 

A successful candidate is very organized, focuses on details (very important skill set for this position), able to juggle multiple projects, able to work in teams but also function independently. Writing skills are necessary for this position so candidates will be asked to demonstrate writing competency.


Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university, pursuing a graduate degree while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0.  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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