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Job Title:
Outreach Intern I (Springfield, MO)
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Community Outreach
Kansas City, MO US
Business Unit:
States & Community Engagement
Kansas City
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AARP Community, State and National Affairs  

The Community, State and National Affairs (CSNA) team is a key contributor to AARP's mission of social change for Americans 50+ and their families. CSNA drives social change through our advocacy work by giving our members a voice—at the federal, state, local levels and community levels—on issues important to them such as Financial Resilience, Health Security, and Personal Fulfillment. 

With a network of 53 offices in each state, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, we live where we work. This allows us to do what we do best…meet the people and directly engage in our communities to find out what they need and want, enabling us to educate our members with programs and information that is relevant to them.  

Our state offices work hand-in-glove with AARP’s national office in Washington, DC. This reach—from community to state to federal – enables CSNA to better empower people 50+ to enjoy the way they live and work today, while reaching their goals for tomorrow…their life – their way.  

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.

What You Will Get to Do:

As a Community Outreach and Advocacy Intern at AARP, you will be challenged to handle a variety of responsibilities from social media management to event planning to organizing volunteers and interacting 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:


  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of advocacy efforts to build AARP’s advocacy presence at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.
  • Assist ASD for Advocacy in tracking legislation and communicating with membership
  • Create action alerts for E-Advocates through the Convio system
  • Track legislation through the GovWatch system
  • Respond and facilitate volunteer support requests, as needed/directed
  • Monitor committee hearings and report back to ASD for Advocacy
  • Assist in creating weekly volunteer email updates
  • Assist in weekly volunteer update calls by reporting on activities in Jefferson City
  • Serve as a representative of AARP at advocacy activities when requested



Intern must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university  -- in their junior or senior years of their undergraduate studies, or in his/her second year of graduate school, 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 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 references 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



Benefits Offered

Internships are non-exempt positions ineligible for benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity.

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