Legislative Intern

Albany, New York
Dec 12, 2022
Dec 16, 2022
Full Time

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

The New York State Office (Albany, NY) is looking for a graduate student intern to assist its busy office with advocacy-related work and volunteer management. We'll challenge you to think and work in new ways. We are committed to your growth and will cultivate your continued learning and development. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of January 2023, with an option to continue for additional semesters.


  • Assist in grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts
  • Analyze policies, programs, and regulations that affect the 50+ population
  • 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
  • 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
  • Other related duties, as assigned


  • Must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college/university rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship or must have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program

Physical/Mental Demands
  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement and discretion requiring the employee to compare and evaluate various courses of conduct and make a decision (or recommend a decision to be made) after various possibilities have been considered.
  • In office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

The hourly range is $18 for undergraduates, $21 for graduate students, $28 for Ph.D. candidates. 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.