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Job Title:
Advocacy Intern II
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Advocacy/Government Affairs
New York, NY US
Business Unit:
States & Community Engagement
New York
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

The New York State Office is looking for an intern to assist its busy office with advocacy-related work and volunteer management.



  • Assist in grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts;
  • Analyze policy, programs and regulations that affect the 50+ population;
  • Assist in the planning and executing of community outreach events;
  • Support the production and dissemination of correspondence with volunteers, members, activists and the legislature;
  • Work directly with volunteers and staff to represent AARP at local events, including forums, news conferences and rallies spotlighting AARP issues;
  • Conduct online searches in support of legislative issues and assist with grassroots organizing;
  • Monitor publications and news media for legislative issues of interest;
  • Deliver educational and advocacy materials to legislative and/or campaign offices;
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research, as needed; and
  • Research candidates and related events;
  • Support the production and dissemination of correspondence with volunteers, members, activists and the legislature;
  • Assist with legislative voter guides; and
  • Other related duties, as assigned.


    Volunteer Management:

  • Assist with recruitment, organization and engagement of volunteers;
  • Review applications and conduct volunteer interviews; and
  • Develop and strengthen project management skills, volunteer coordination skills and grassroots organizing.


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 first or second year graduate students.

Additional requirements include:

  • Good and professional communicator (both over the phone and in writing)
  • Leadership qualities
  • Team player
  • Enthusiastic
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Interes in issues/policy relating to aging, health care, utilities, and/or financial security
  • Interest or experience with the state legislative process is a plus, but not a requirement

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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