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Job Title:
Advocacy & Outreach Intern I (Illinois)
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Advocacy/Government Affairs
Springfield, IL US
Business Unit:
States & Community Engagement
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.

Summary Statement

Are you looking for a rewarding internship that will add value to your business toolkit?  Join the Illinois State Office of AARP as an Advocacy Intern this spring. Working on meaningful projects, you will assist with advocacay work on the state, federal and local levels in areas that impact public policy and government affairs work for our members.  The outreach work consists of helping the team deliver local community presence work mainly in Springfield, Peoria, and the Metro East St. Louis area. As an intern with the Illinois State Office, you will also have a long term project to work on which will leave a lasting impact and strengthen the work of our team.


Under the supervision of the Manager of Advocacy & Outreach the Intern would be responsible for assisting with everyday tasks of the Advocacy & Outreach team, which is responsible for AARP work in downstate Illinois.  Advocacy work consists of state, federal and local public policy and government affairs efforts, and outreach work consists of helping the team deliver local community presence work mainly in Springfield, Peoria, and the metro East St. Louis area.  The intern will also have a long term project to work on which will leave a lasting impact and strengthen the work of our team.


  • Work with advocacy staff and volunteers to achieve successful outcomes on key AARP initiatives during the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly;
  • Monitor, track and evaluate legislation introduced in the Illinois General Assembly; Manage the legislative tracking database;
  • Maintain a database compiling statistics and contacts related to advocacy issues;
  • Review media stories related to advocacy issues of interest to AARP’s key issues and compiling them for staff and volunteers;
  • Attend/monitor state legislative committee and session hearings as needed;
  • Attend and assist with press conferences, Capitol rallies, and other legislative-related events;
  • Help organize and plan legislative breakfast or caucus meetings;
  • Work with AARP advocacy volunteers and help coordinate their activities;
  • Assist with federal and local advocacy issues as needed.
  • Outreach:
  • Assist AARP to launch livable communities work in Peoria, Springfield and metro East St. Louis, including help planning listening session and community forums, organizing walk audits or active living workshops and doing deep research on these communities;
  • Help recruit, train and assist AARP volunteers to do the work necessary to accomplish our mission;
  • Assist staff planning multitude community events on a wide variety of topics including caregiving, brain health, financial security, Movies for Grown Ups, etc.;
  • Serve as co-teacher/trainer during AARP events in coordination with a volunteer;


Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university; maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; and be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors.   

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. 

  • Interest in political science and social issues;
  • Interest in community impact and passion for state, local and federal advocacy;
  • Interest in developing communication and media skills;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows programs of Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint;
  • Demonstrate ability to research issues and develop reports;

Experience with volunteer management or ability to openly support and communicate with volunteers coordinate work.

To Apply for this Opportunity

  1. Click APPLY to complete the online application and submit a current resume in response to this posting;
  2. Attach a copy of your transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required);
  3. Be prepared to submit two letters of recommendation; which can be from a college or university professor or a manager who is familiar with your work (please note that we cannot complete the hiring process without these references)
  4. Be prepared to submit writing samples, if required for the position

Instructions for Uploading Your Documents

  1. Attach your resume as part of the online application
  2. Click the SUBMIT button at the end of the application
  4. Select the MY ACTIVITIES
  5. Select “Add Attachment” under the section labeled COVER LETTERS & ATTACHMENTS
  6. Select the Attachment Type and list the Attachment Title
  7. Select Upload your document
  8. Select Save
  9. If uploading multiple documents, repeat steps 5-8

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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