Policy and Thought Leadership Intern, AARP (DC)

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

AARP’s Policy, Research and International Affairs leads the development and communication of AARP’s public policies and, research and insights on the issues that matter to people 50-plus.

AARP’s Policy team is looking for students interested in shaping the future of longevity by helping us showcase and contribute to the organization’s commitment to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. Working with our Policy Development & Integration and Thought Leadership teams, you will have a front-row seat to not only the development and implementation of AARP’s policies but also the development of content that helps senior leaders connect with executives from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. As part of AARP’s commitment to your growth and cultivating your continued learning, you will interact with real-time initiatives. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of May/June 2023 and will go through the end of the summer.


  • Apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to help promote policy issues on a range of topics falling under health and long-term services and supports, consumer protection, and retirement security
  • Engage in the communications strategies to advance these issues and the events organized as part of these efforts
  • Research policy issues, draft documents to support our advocacy efforts, participate in team meetings and strategy discussions, collaborate in communications tactics, and engage in a support role for various remote and in-person events
  • Curate research, insights, and analysis on aging, longevity, and financial resilience issues


  • The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered a rising undergraduate junior or senior, graduate student, or post-doctoral student; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship
  • Pursuing a degree in communications, public policy, or related fields
  • Must be able to work 40 hours per week during the summer
  • Must be a self-starter and adaptable, with the ability to work under tight deadlines 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, anticipate project needs, and discern work priorities
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office programs  
  • Ability to summarize complex topics with brevity 

Additional Requirements

  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions
  • In office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

The hourly range is $18 for undergraduates, $21 for graduate students, and $28 for Ph.D. candidates. Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.

Learn more and apply here.

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