Internship Opportunities at AARP
PLEASE NOTE: All Summer internships at AARP are part-time or full-time paid positions, starting in June and going
through August or early September All positions require knowledge of MS Office programs, good writing skills, internet
research skills, and ability to work as part of a team. Students may apply for any of these internships by e-mailing their
resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for positions outside of Washington, DC are limited to students in the
geographic area where the internship is located.
Location Position # Office Nature of Internship Qualifications
Washington, DC FDN-01 AARP Foundation Assist in the development of Graduate student in
Integration a comprehensive communications, public
communications plan for the relations, or journalism.
AARP Foundation, focusing Demonstrated writing
on corporate communication, skills.
public relations, and
management. Develop and
track project plans, prepare
articles for AARP and
external publications, track
news clippings related to the
Foundation, research and
compile information on
Washington, DC ASI-02 AARP Services Conduct competitive analysis Undergraduate or
Privileges for AARP member-centric graduate student in
products and brands; marketing, business,
research product providers; merchandising, retail, or
assist in planning and business development.
executing new products;
various analytical and review
Washington, DC ASI-03 AARP Services Assist staff with event and Undergraduate student in
Sponsorships and exhibitor services for business, marketing,
Exhibits Life@50+ Member Event. event management.
Pre-plan events, assist with Strong verbal and written
exhibitor recruitment and communication skills.
service, help with exhibitor Ability to travel to Boston
registration and management in early September.
at the event, staff exhibit floor Spanish language skills a
logistics. Manage exhibitor plus.
database and mailing lists.
Washington, DC CEO-04 Office of the CEO Research internal and Undergraduate student in
external queries to CEO, draft business, communication,
responses, and follow up with management preferred.
staff accountability; serve as Good analytical and
liaison to various internal writing skills.
constituencies on behalf of Confidentiality agreement
the CEO; work with Executive required.
Communications in drafting
responses from the CEO;
assist with preparation of
materials for Board meetings
and responding to requests
from Board members; help
coordinate meetings of the
AARP Executive Team.
Washington, DC CEO-05 Policy & Strategy – Assist staff with reviewing Graduate student in
Office of Policy association policy to ensure public policy, health
Integration diversity and inclusion policy, or sociology.
strategies. Assist with Strong research, writing,
research on views and and analytical skills.
perspectives of various
segments of the population
on key policy isses in
economic security, health,
and consumer protection.
Lakewood, CA CFO-06 Treasury Operations Assist with gathering Graduate or
Center research, benchmarking undergraduate student in
analyses, project finance or business.
management, and strategic
planning. Support direct mail
marketing tests, projects
related to member
relationships with service
providers, and other financial/
Washington, DC COO-07 Office of Social Assist three issue teams Undergraduate or
Impact (health, economic security, graduate student in public
and lovable communities) in policy, economics,
the development of international relations,
operational plans, the political science, social
conduct of planning and sciences, or business.
strategy meetings, and
reporting of accomplishments
on operational plans.
Washington, DC ICS-08 Public Outreach Assist staff with event Undergraduate student in
planning, onsite logistics of event planning,
public events, planning for management, marketing,
AARP participation in events social sciences, or
planned by others, and gerontology. Experience
maintaining databases of in database management.
speakers, opinion leaders,
and partner organizations.
Washington, DC ICS-09 Online Publications Work with editorial production Undergraduate or
staff to steer print content to graduate students in
online publications. Provide communications or
quality assurance and testing journalism.
for new content on online Demonstrated writing
publication sites. Contribute ability. Comfortable with
new online content ideas. internet publishing
Research best practices in environment using both
online content. PC and Mac. Spanish
language skills a plus.
Washington, DC ICS-10 AARP Bulletin Work with editors and writers Undergraduate or
to provide information for graduate student in
stories. Help copy editor with journalism,
editing. Conduct online communications, or
research. Receive and English. Demonstrated
evaluate member writing ability.
Washington, DC IT-11 IT Engineering and Monitor, track, and report Undergraduate or
Assurance critical IT infrastructure and graduate students in
system metrics. Data entry computer science,
and management for software computer engineering, or
asset management. Develop related IT field.
documentation for system Knowledge of software
processes. Assist in software development process
quality assurance and preferred.
functional and performance
Washington, DC MBR-12 National Member Assist research project Graduate student in
Research, managers with project social sciences.
Knowledge execution. Conduct data Knowledge of market
Management checks, analyze data using research and statistical
SPSS and other software software (preferably with
programs, prepare syntheses multivariate analysis
of research data and write skills).
reports on various topics.
Washington, DC MBR-13 State Member Contribute to research and Graduate student in the
Research, data analysis tasks, including social sciences. Strong
Knowledge survey design, number- research and analytical
Management checking, data analysis, skills, including SPSS,
report preparation and research methodology
editing, and preparation of and scaling and
presentations. Scan and measurement.
synthesize existing internal Demonstrated writing
and external research on skills.
knowledge management and
prepare summaries for staff.
Washington, DC MBR-14 Member Experience/ Assist staff with member Undergraduate or
Member Data and recruitment and retention graduate student in
Strategic Services activities. Support direct mail, marketing or business.
online, and alternative
member acquisition efforts,
processes and procedures,
and analyze and evaluate
activity for clients.
Washington, DC SNI-15 Strategic Advocacy Work with advocacy staff at Undergraduate or
Information national and state offices to graduate student in
manage AARP issue political science,
campaigns. Manage communication, or
electronic communications, gerontology. Excellent
draft articles for newsletter, online research skills.
track media coverage of
advocacy campaigns, draft
briefing materials for state
Washington, DC SNI-16 Health Promotion, Research and prepare data Graduate or
Outreach and Service that track health promotion undergraduate student in
resources and dissemination Exercise Science, Health
and state activities on health Studies, Health and
behaviors; read and Fitness Management,
summarize scientific and Health Promotion, Public
popular literature on health Health, or related field.
promotion issues; analyze Computer research skills;
web page and e-newsletter knowledge of effective
statistics and make health promotion.
topic and content for
consumer fact sheets.
Washington, DC SNI-18 State Affairs Health Assist staff with research and Graduate or
Team writing focused on health care undergraduate student in
reform issues that are part of health policy, public
the Divided We Fail health administration,
campaign. Create policy public policy or
briefs, training materials for gerontology. Research
staff and volunteers, and experience using the
track and update information Internet and databases
on state health care reform such as Lexis Nexis.
Phoenix, AZ ST-19 AARP Arizona Assist staff with advocacy Undergraduate or
issues surrounding consumer graduate student in
affairs and health political science,
care/prescription drugs. communications, policy,
Prepare legislative issue gerontology, or social
background papers and issue sciences. Fluent in
summaries, develop monthly Spanish.
legislative updates, and
research issues of
importance to AARP.
Little Rock, AK ST-20 AARP Arkansas Assist the communications Undergraduate or
staff with projects related to graduate student in
state Divided We Fail communications,
campaign. Assist with journalism, media
implementation of AARP relations, or social
Financial Security Program. sciences. Strong writing
Assist staff with skills and experience with
communications volunteer web site maintenance
training, media relations, and and use of MS Publisher
diversity outreach and Photoshop.
Washington, DC ST-21 AARP District of Conduct outreach, education, Undergraduate student in
Columbia and training of AARP social sciences, social
members in Washington, DC work, gerontology, or
on issues such as identify related areas. Ability to
theft, health care, and conduct telephone
economic security; conduct interviews. Some travel
research to advance long- in Washington, DC is
term care campaign; work required.
with volunteers to collect
stories from older people
about health and financial
Springfield, IL ST-23 AARP Illinois Research issues related to Graduate student in
AARP Illinois legislative political science, lay,
agenda and prepare research public policy. Ability to
summaries for staff use. conduct research and
Assist staff with grassroots assist with grassroots
lobbying efforts, advocacy.
forums/symposia, and other
Des Moines, IA ST-24 AARP Iowa Support the Divided We Fail Undergraduate student in
campaign for the Iowa public relations,
caucuses by reaching out to communications or
members and candidates gerontology.
about AARP issues.
Boston, MA ST-25 AARP Massachusetts Assist state communications Undergraduate student in
staff on media projects public relations,
related to Life@50+ member communications,
event. Prepare public journalism, or marketing.
information materials, assist Knowledge of
with research for media public/media relations;
targeting, research and write demonstrated writing
short news items, capture ability.
real life stories related to key
Boston, MA ST-26 AARP Massachusetts Assist with volunteer Undergraduate student in
recruitment, training, and human resource
management for the management, social
Life@50+ member event. work, gerontology, or
Help assess skills and management information
interests of potential systems. Experience with
volunteers and place database management.
volunteers in positions. Event management
Manage volunteer data bases experience helpful.
and records of assignments.
St. Paul. MN ST-27 AARP Minnesota Assist with coordination of Undergraduate or
“Pathways to Kinship Care,” graduate student in social
an event to provide resources science, political science,
for family members and gerontology, social work,
grandparents raising family or communications.
children. Assist with special Experience working with
events, health fairs, volunteer diverse populations.
recognitions, and volunteer
Jackson, MS ST-28 AARP Mississippi Intern needed to support Undergraduate or
state plan communications graduate student in
strategy, focusing on the journalism,
2007 elections, livable communications, English,
communities, the Walking or law.
Program, Friendly Nursing
Home Visitors Program, and
Kansas City, MO ST-29 AARP Missouri Assist with the Undergraduate or
implementation and graduate student in
management of the Missouri communications,
Speakers Bureau. Assist journalism, business, or
communications, advocacy, management. Journalism
and outreach staff with or communication
Divided We Fail campaign. experience preferred.
Work on development of 50th
Las Vegas, NV ST-30 AARP Nevada Communications intern will Undergraduate student in
assist in writing press communications, public
materials, coordinate events, relations, or journalism.
draft internal communications Demonstrated writing
materials, track earned skills.
media, and identify media
Manchester, NH ST-31 AARP New Intern will help organize Undergraduate student in
Hampshire Divided We Fail and political science,
presidential primary events government,
including candidate and issue communication,
forums and outreach on gerontology, or social
health care and financial sciences. Excellent oral
security issues. Manage and written
projects, help plan and staff communication skills.
events, develop public
information materials, and
communicate with members.
New York, NY ST-32 AARP New York Support communication staff Undergraduate or
by researching, writing, and graduate student in
checking facts for short news communications, public
items; assisting in planning relations, or journalism.
special events; updating state Demonstrated writing
web page, writing feature ability and course work in
articles on volunteers for news and feature writing.
newsletter; placing stories Computer skills in Word,
with media across the state, Publisher, Adobe.
and monitoring media Submission of writing
coverage. samples required.
Raleigh, NC ST-33 AARP North Carolina Assist staff with development Graduate student in
and implementation of social sciences,
Healthy Behavior programs gerontology, or social
such as walking, brain health, work. Ability to travel
and wise use of medications. throughout North
Assist with mobility website Carolina.
and projects under Livable
Communities. Assist with
Mature Workforce Speaker’s
Portland, OR ST-34 AARP Oregon Conduct story-gathering and Undergraduate or
editing around state health graduate student in public
and long-term care, relations, government
consumer protection, and affairs, gerontology, or
economic security social services.
campaigns. Identify and Demonstrated writing
recruit sources for such skills.
stories, track information
gathered, conduct follow-up
on story information, and
prepare stories for use by
Philadelphia, PA ST-35 AARP Pennsylvania Assist staff with research on Undergraduate or
state-level aging issues, help graduate student in
develop member and communications, policy,
volunteer materials, assist political science,
with event planning, conduct gerontology, social
media outreach, and assist sciences, or social work.
with volunteer and member Excellent analytical skills.
Columbia, SC ST-36 AARP South Carolina Support state-level Divided Graduate student in
We Fail campaign by political science, social
assisting with candidate science, gerontology, or
forums, working with social work. Ability to
campaign team to implement work well with diverse
volunteer training and audiences and
engagement, organize town collaborate with other
hall meetings, monitor organizations.
activities of state legislature.
Salt Lake City, ST-37 AARP Utah Assist with the planning, Undergraduate or
UT coordination, and graduate student in
implementation of the AARP sociology, gerontology, or
Utah Mobility conference. communications.
Assist staff in providing
advocacy and service to
members in Utah.
Madison, WI ST-38 AARP Wisconsin Support advocacy staff on Graduate student in
issues of importance to the public policy, law,
50+ population, particularly gerontology, or the social
health care reform. Assist sciences. Basic level of
with planning health care knowledge about health
reform events statewide, care reform policy issues
conduct legislative research and the Wisconsin
on health care and Medicaid legislative process.
reform proposals, support
political action and grassroots
organizing activities, provide
support for media relations,
news conferences and