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Job Title:
Advocacy Intern II (Graduate Student; Year Round)
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Advocacy/Government Affairs
Baltimore, MD 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

Do you know how to get the attention of your peers?  Can you drive an issue on campus, in the classroom or in your social community?  Are you an expert with social media?  If so, you may be interested in building communities, both online and in-person, for one of the largest member-based non-profit organizations in the US.  Join us at AARP as a Community Outreach and Advocacy Intern and help make a difference for older Americans.


As an Advocacy Intern at AARP, you will be challenged to handle a variety of responsibilities from social media management to event planning to volunteer organization and interaction with our members.  You could also be writing press releases, handling media contacts, and assisting with video productions. You will be assigned critical tasks and get to see your work in action. You will get to:

  • Create a variety of communications for the office, including press releases, presentations, legislative briefings, volunteer outreach messages, and newsletters
  • Manage AARP social media accounts for member and volunteer outreach
  • Plan advocacy, volunteer and member events, including event logistics and promotion
  • Assist with planning and executing video and audio productions
  • Use your creative ideas, communication skills and social media expertise to improve AARP’s reach in the community


  • Interns must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or University, in first or second year of graduate studies, with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • To Apply for this Opportunity
    1.     Submit a current resume in response to the specific posted job, or indicate your preferred work location (we’re in all 50 states and U.S. territories);
    2.     A cover letter detailing the areas of interest to you for an internship at AARP;
    3.     Two letters of recommendation or references from a college or university professor/instructor and a manager who is familiar with your work;
    4.     An official copy of a current semester transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (minimum GPA required of 3.0)
    5.     AARP screens its employees and interns through background clearance. 
    Instructions for Uploading Your Cover Letter & Writing Sample
    1.     Adding cover letter and writing sample at time of application submission;
    ·Complete the on-line application by clicking the SUBMIT button at the end of the application;
    ·Click the MY CAREER TOOLS link at the top of the “MY APPLICATIONS” SCREEN;
    ·Separately upload each document
    2.     Adding cover letter and writing samples at a later time
    ·Access the careers website –
    ·Log in with the user name/password used at the time that you applied for the internship
    ·Click the MY CAREER TOOLS link on the top right of the screen
    ·Scroll down to the COVER LETTERS and ATTACHMENTS section
    ·Separately upload each document

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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