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Job Title:
Advocacy Intern I
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Advocacy/Government Affairs
Columbus, OH 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.


Responsibilities will include assisting with activities and events associated with The Ohio Strategy and Financial Security campaigns within the Ohio advocacy work. AARP Ohio’s goal is to combine advocacy and education/outreach to increase relevance with members and key influencers. AARP will integrate the work so that members and influencers view AARP as a trusted leader on health and retirement security issues. The intern will be under the supervision of the ASD for Advocacy, and work on the campaigns related to the 2015 State Plan (Financial Security, Federal and State advocacy issues and building out our influencer strategies).

The Ohio Strategy goals are to capitalize on the political opportunities available in 2015-16, increase relevance and social impact in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati and position the organization for the future.  The intermediate goal: increase support for AARP Issues - Financial Security, Social Security, Fraud, Utilities, Caregiving/Living Independently, and Medicaid Expansion.

The position will coordinate educational and listening session with members on AARP’s legislative agenda. This will include working with in the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati areas to develop a timeline for specific events. Also, coordinating with the ASD’s for Advocacy on materials to be shared with members. Lastly, events in the target cities will build support for AARP priorities by building relationships with influencers, elected officials and the media.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Implementing the workplans in the 3 target communities. Identifying potential friends, allies and grasstops.

  • Coordinating and planning forums associated with our Federal and State advocacy priorities.  This includes securing venues, invitations, site coordination with regional volunteers and collaborating on any earned media opportunities with the Communication team.

  • Attending and participating in volunteer/grassroots meetings associated with listening sessions and influencer forums.

  • Putting together collateral materials for events and collaborating with support team on materials

  • Helping to identifying influencers, stakeholders and other business leaders/organizations, media for events.


  • 3 forums with members and influencers in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton for Take A Stand

  • Assist with Congressional outreach and legislative visits.

  • Working to connect AARP to influencers in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. This includes building influencer database for Columbus and Cincinnati, and working with regional teams to promote activities within the regions.

The positions requires:

  • Self-starter with a high degree of organizing skills to help coordinate and implement 12 events with members and key influencers. The ability to market and highlight AARP in to professionals and the general public

  • The position allows for some decision making and the ability to focus on specific metrics. This includes working the brand development and communication staff to build a crowd

  • Ability to interact with both the advocacy/policy team and our regional volunteer teams in terms of coordinating and promoting events internally.

Some travel with be required in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.


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 writing sample (please attach to with your application)

  3. A cover letter detailing the areas of interest to you for an internship at AARP;

  4. Two letters of recommendation from a college or university professor/instructor and a manager who is familiar with your work;

  5. An official copy of a current semester transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (minimum GPA required of 3.0)

  6. Submit to background clearance and drug testing.


Instructions for Uploading Your Cover Letter & Writing Sample

  1. Adding cover letter and writing sample at time of application submission;

    1. Complete the on-line application by clicking the SUBMIT button at the end of the application;

    2. Click the MY CAREER TOOLS link at the top of the “MY APPLICATIONS” SCREEN;

    3. Scroll down to the COVER LETTERS & ATTACHMENTS SECTION;

    4. Click ADD ATTACHMENT;

    5. Separately upload each document

  2. Adding cover letter and writing samples at a later time

    1. Access the careers website –

    2. Log in with the user name/password used at the time that you applied for the internship

    3. Click the MY CAREER TOOLS link on the top right of the screen

    4. Scroll down to the COVER LETTERS and ATTACHMENTS section


    6. Separately upload each document



  • Educational Requirements: Current college student in business, marketing and/or organizational communications.

  • Current undergraduate college student in his/her junior or senior year, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • Years of Service/Work:  Work history in marketing, sales or event management. A basic understanding of planning and organizing events.

  • Skills and Knowledge: Good written and verbal communication skills, Awareness of marketing and events management. Knowledge of computer skills and ability to comprehend basic software systems specific to AARP.

  • Experience working with business professionals or elected officials and their staff.

  • Licenses/Certifications:  N/A

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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