AARP Intern, Thought Leadership and International/OPDI (Graduate Student-Summer through December) Salary in the United States

How much does a Intern, Thought Leadership and International/OPDI (Graduate Student-Summer through December) make at companies like AARP in the United States? The average salary for Intern, Thought Leadership and International/OPDI (Graduate Student-Summer through December) at companies like AARP in the United States is $69,679 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $60,570 and $78,788. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities2

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What does a Intern, Thought Leadership and International/OPDI (Graduate Student-Summer through December) do at companies like AARP?

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.




Thought Leadership & International helps to position AARP as the preeminent global leader in challenging outdated beliefs and sparking new solutions for people to choose how they age. The Thought Leadership & International team is seeking a creative, analytical, and forward-thinking intern to join our team as we leverage, develop and champion new insights, thought-provoking ideas backed by evidence and create bold solutions to address major societal issues. The ideal intern with work closely with team members and have the opportunity to work on live projects and contribute to research reports that will help advance their careers.

The Office of Policy Development and Integration (OPDI) leads the development of AARP's public policies, through an ongoing process with AARP staff experts that includes objective policy analysis and nationwide member and volunteer input. These policies are published in AARP's online Policy Book and other products. OPDI also partners with other AARP departments and provides guidance to staff across the enterprise to ensure integration of the latest policy and research within all of AARP's activities. The ideal intern will conduct research on emerging policy issue areas and assist in the development of new policy stances for the enterprise to integrate into its operations. The intern will have broad responsibilities, including managing short- and long-term projects and activities, assisting with increasing our communication efforts, database development and entry, research on thought leaders and issues, and providing support to and staffing of a range of convening's, workshops and other events. The Intern position will focus on supporting our teams' efforts to build new platforms and activities around new initiatives, meetings, and conferences. The intern will also support ongoing projects that include, but not limited to, the Longevity Economy project, the Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity, the 2021-2022 update to the AARP Policy Book, and a series of internal and external events and workshops.

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 taking the initiative are critical for this role. Social media and communication skills are required.

Candidates must have strong attention to detail, and an interest in issues around aging, longevity, health, and financial security.


Responsibilities may include, but not be limited to:

•    Perform a range of tasks depending on the project and research needs of OPDI and Thought Leadership;
•    Identify related research and potential thought leadership opportunities; 
•    Identify and research thought leaders across numerous industries;
•    Stay up to date on trending issues across industries as it relates to longevity and equity and other emerging policy issues OPDI will identify;
•    Event support, including assisting in logistics surrounding global thought leadership events;
•    Collaborate across the OPDI and Thought Leadership and International teams, and across AARP more broadly, to ensure the successful communication of thought leadership events 
•    Write, proof or fact-check reports
•    Database development and entry
•    Administrative support
•    Other duties as assigned

To succeed in the role, you must have:
•    An entrepreneurial mindset, proactive attitude and, desire to seize opportunities. 
•    Good communication skills, both written and oral and an attention to detail
•    Good digital skills: proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (required); social media 


Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university and must be in a graduate or doctoral program.  
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 are now enrolled in a continuing education program.


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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The chart shows total cash compensation for the AARP Intern, Thought Leadership and International/OPDI (Graduate Student-Summer through December) in the United States, which includes base, and annual incentives can vary anywhere from $60,570 to $78,788 with an average total cash compensation of $69,679. Total compensation includes the value of any benefits received in addition to your salary and some of the benefits that are most commonly provided within a total compensation package including bonuses, commissions, paid time off, and Insurance. The total cash compensation may get paid differently by industry, location, and other factors.
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