Library and Research Intern-AARP

Business Unit Description

Fine-tune your research skills by interning with a dynamic unit focused on research, insights, synthesis, innovation, personal growth, and emerging technologies.  We are seeking a Master’s-level graduate student pursuing a degree in Library & Information Science.  You must be able to learn quickly and apply new skills; work independently as well as collaboratively; and possess excellent research, analytical, writing, organizational, and communications skills.


The Library & Strategic Services Department of AARP is looking for a strong Master’s-level Library graduate student to serve as a paid year round intern. The internship will provide the student with hands-on experience in conducting secondary research using a vast array of databases, as well as experience in interpreting and synthesizing research findings. It provides the chance to do meaningful work that impacts society, and the opportunity for making relevant professional connections. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with the largest social welfare organization in the country and is an excellent way for a talented graduate student interested in Library Science and research to acquire hands-on experience as part of a small, committed and professional team.


On an average day you will be:


  • Conduct literature scans on research requests for stakeholders throughout the association.
  • Perform company due diligence and people vetting.


  • Synthesize research findings from AARP’s collection of resources, including primary and secondary research, academic journals, consumer and market research, etc.
  • Summarize research reports for internal distribution.
  • Contribute to data analyses and write-up of findings.


  • Proactively distribute research from AARP’s collection of resources to internal stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative thinking and problem solving to challenges.


  • Assist with special projects such as collection management.
  • Assist with library marketing and promotional events.


  • Explore and demonstrate new and emerging technologies in the AARP Library collection such as virtual reality (VR) technology.


  • Answer ad-hoc research requests as assigned.

Customer Service

  • Provide face to face interactions at the Library’s Reference Desk.
  • Monitor and provide timely responses via the Library’s internal communication channels to help manage project in-take.


Prospective intern must be currently enrolled in a Master’s-level degree program in Library and Information Science at an accredited college or university.

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.

The time commitment is 25 hours per week at our downtown DC office on a year round basis.  The office is conveniently located near the Gallery Place metro. The internship is competitively paid.

Required qualifications:

·       Excellent research, analytical, writing and critical thinking skills

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills

·       Knowledge of library research databases

·       Ability to synthesize research findings

·       Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team

·       Ability to identify, analyze and solve problems creatively and independently

·       Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and shift priorities as directed

·       A strong commitment to providing outstanding customer service

·       Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

·       Inquisitiveness, organization and keen attention to details

Preferred qualifications:

·       Skilled in data analysis

·       Familiarity with social sciences and/or statistics and/or survey data and analysis

·       Prior use and familiarity with statistical software packages such as SPSS

·       Experience with emerging technologies such as VR

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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