Advocacy Intern (Summer-Fall)

Pasadena, California
Apr 18, 2023
May 06, 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.

Are you ready to take the next step in a purposeful, fun, and creative way? AARP California is looking for an intern to be a part of the state team, working directly with staff, volunteer leaders, and community partners. An internship with AARP California offers opportunities for innovation, creativity, professional growth, and working with a diverse team and audiences. We are looking for interns who share our passion for improving local communities through advocacy, outreach, education, and volunteer service. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of May/June 2023 and will go through the end of the year.


  • Building awareness of AARP's Advocacy work through the coordination of activities and project management
  • Virtual engagement with community partnerships
  • Supporting volunteers and partner organizations
  • Working on national and grassroots campaigns and initiatives
  • Providing education to help the 50+ audience learn how to stay in their homes and communities
  • Convening and engaging public officials, community organizations, and coalitions virtually to advance state and local advocacy issues
  • Researching issues related to state and local policy issues
  • Developing materials and writing reports (i.e., PowerPoints)


  • The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered a rising undergraduate junior or senior, graduate student, or post-doctoral student; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship and pursuing a degree in public policy, urban planning, political science, gerontology or related fields
  • AARP also considers non-traditional interns looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers; this may include those who have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively
  • Able to handle multiple projects
  • Team oriented
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office, Social Media, and Virtual Platforms
  • Must have reliable transportation

Additional Requirements
  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions
  • 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.