Data Policy Intern (Graduate Student - Year-Round)

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Apr 10

Position 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. 

Summary Statement

The Public Policy Institute’s Policy and Programs team is seeking a strong Masters level candidate  who is available for a year-round, part-time internship.  You will assist the Long-Term Services and Supports & Livable Communities Group with a range of policy and programmatic issues that include, but are not limited to, family caregiving, long-term services and supports, housing, transportation, and other issues related to livable communities. 

 This is an incredible opportunity for you to join a busy team of professionals at our headquarters in Washington, DC, to develop your expertise while assisting AARP in advancing its mission.  Apply now for immediate consideration. 


The Public Policy Institute Graduate Data Policy Intern will assist the Long-term Services and Supports & Livable Communities Group in conducting data analysis related to livable communities and the long-term care needs of older adults. The individual will join a team at the forefront of creating and driving innovative solutions that empower individuals and their families to thrive in their homes and communities.

This position requires someone with a strong background in conducting and contributing to public policy analyses and original research using complex programming, data manipulation, and computer modeling. Candidates should be equipped with using large public use data files as well as smaller data and presenting the data in tabular, graphical, and narrative formats.  

Activities will include: 

1) conducting statistical analysis and computer programming; 

2) conducting research and policy analysis; 

3) ensuring that appropriate methodological and statistical procedures are used in policy documents and analyses, and;

 4) providing technical support to senior staff.  

A successful candidate is very organized, focuses on details (very important skill set for this position), able to juggle multiple projects, able to work in teams but also function independently. Having a strong mastery of statistical analysis, quantitative research methodology and writing skills are necessary for this position. 

The candidate should also possess strong exploratory analysis and problem solving skills and be able to translate data results into strategic advice.


Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university, pursuing studies as a doctorate student and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0;. 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 college and are now enrolled in a continuing education program. 

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