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Policy and Programs Intern


This is a Full-time position in Washington, DC posted June 10, 2021.

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.

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.


The AARP Public Policy Institute is seeking a graduate student for its Family, Home, and Community (FHC) team.

As part of the team, you will acquire practical work experience providing support on multiple projects focused on promoting equity in long-term services and supports (LTSS) and family caregiving.

This position is ideal for candidates looking to develop research expertise and policy development knowledge in LTSS and family caregiving including Home and Community-based Services, Nursing Home Care, and Medicaid LTSS.

You will be a valued contributor to the work of the FHC team and will work closely with Director of Caregiving and the Senior Policy Research Analyst.

We’ll challenge you to think and work in new ways.

We’ll encourage you to create your own experience, offering support and flexibility based on your interests.

We are committed to your growth and will cultivate your continued learning and development.

The time commitment is up to 40 hours per week.


Specific tasks may include the following:
Conducting quantitative and qualitative research assignments to support the FHC’s team work on promoting equity in LTSS and family caregivingContributing to data analyses and write-up of findingsAppling innovative thinking and problem-solving to policy challengesPreparing policy briefs, articles, and/or blog postsCoordinating with various internal partners and external stakeholdersProviding project support for events and productsDesigning, writing, editing, and fact-checking reports and presentationsCreating visual presentations of evaluation processes and resultsParticipating and contributing to initiatives within the FHC team

Prospective interns must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship.

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 from college and enrolled in a continuing education program.

Compensation and Benefits

Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.

As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.

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.