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Job Title:
Advocacy Intern II
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Advocacy/Government Affairs
WI_Madison, 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

AARP Wisconsin will be involved in major initiatives on both the state and federal levels. Federal activities include supporting AARP’s federal advocacy priorities as well as educating our members and the general public on Social Security, Medicare, and other priority programs.  State initiatives including working on AARP’s major campaign initiatives around caregiving and financial resilience. We therefore seek an intern, whose background and interest are in government, legislative process, political science or issues of aging.


The intern will report to the Associate State Director for State Advocacy.  The job duties of this position are as follows: 

  • Work with the Associate State Directors for Federal and State Advocacy in the execution of AARP WI’s advocacy and outreach campaign activities.
  • Coordinate volunteer attendance at public hearings, legislative events and congressional visits.
  • Prepare volunteers to testifying by preparing testimony and coaching those giving testimony.
  • Write materials such as handouts, email alerts, training material and other communication to volunteer advocates, the media and coalition partners.
  •  Prepare bill analysis, recommend legislative strategy, and draft legislative alerts.
  •  Collaborate in the design and implement an AARP WI advocacy presence on Facebook, twitter and other social media.
  • Organize grass roots and volunteer activities.


The ideal candidate for this position must be currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program and must exhibit graduate level writing skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, a competency with social media channels, a background in public speaking, and strong organizational skills.  The preferred candidate has a background in political science, health policy, or public administration and should have an interest in the state legislative process.  Prior experience in issue advocacy is not required but the ideal candidate has had some exposure to issue campaign development and strategy. Intern must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and in his/her first or second year of graduate school, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Two letters of recommendation, an unofficial transcript, and one writing sample are required.

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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