AARP Policy Research Intern - Graduate Student (Now-Dec) Salary in the United States

How much does a Policy Research Intern - Graduate Student (Now-Dec) make at companies like AARP in the United States? The average salary for Policy Research Intern - Graduate Student (Now-Dec) at companies like AARP in the United States is $125,425 as of August 27, 2023, but the range typically falls between $104,106 and $146,743. 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 Policy Research Intern - Graduate Student (Now-Dec) 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.




We are seeking a master’s-level graduate student, pursuing a degree in public policy or a related field to provide research support to AARP’s Chief Public Policy Officer on topics related to longevity and aging.

This paid year-long internship offers an exciting opportunity to work with the largest social welfare organization in the country and is an excellent way for a graduate student interested in public policy research to acquire hands-on experience as part of a small, committed and professional team.


Assist Chief Public Policy Officer in conducting research on topics related to longevity, health care, retirement security, among other aging issues.

  • Research primary sources
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Synthesize research findings
  • Prepare issue and perspective summaries, briefings and other background materials
  • Organize citations

Other duties as assigned


Ideal candidates:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a master’s-level degree program in public policy or related field at an accredited college or university.
  • Are able to learn quickly and apply new skills.
  • Can work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Are detail-oriented.
  • Possess excellent research, analytical, organizational, and communications skills.
  • Have advanced computer skills, including with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), and familiarity with SPSS is required. Familiarity with data visualization programs such as Tableau or infographics preferred.

AARP also considered 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.

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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