Advocacy and Outreach Intern

Hartford, Connecticut
Jan 08, 2023
Jan 18, 2023
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 Connecticut State Office (Hartford, CT) is looking for an intern to assist its busy office with advocacy and outreach related to our Livable Communities work. This work is centered on making communities great places for people of all ages, and you will focus on local projects in Hartford and statewide legislative advocacy. 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 and an end date following the 2023 Legislative Session in June 2023.


  • Assist in grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts with a focus on transportation and housing
  • 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 meetings, public hearings, news conferences, and community events spotlighting AARP issues
  • Work directly with volunteers and staff to build volunteer teams and identify local projects that will improve access to transportation and housing
  • Assist with outreach and evaluation related to AARP grants, including the AARP Community Challenge Grant and the AARP CT Livable Communities Grant Program
  • 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
  • Must be a self-starter and adaptable, with the ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, anticipate project needs, and discern work priorities
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations, including gender, race, and sexual orientation
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Exceptional verbal/written communications skills
  • Familiarity with creating and editing videos and knowledge of multiple social media platforms is a plus
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation and willingness to travel to off-site locations within Hartford and CT

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.