Advocacy and Communications Intern

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Apr 22, 2023
Apr 25, 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 a creative, passionate, and results-driven student interested in community outreach and event planning? The AARP Minnesota Team is looking for you! Our team creates and executes various events and projects to improve people's lives as they age and help build a better tomorrow for future generations. We'll challenge you to think and work innovatively on real-world projects. AARP is committed to your growth and cultivating your continued learning and development. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of May 2023 and will go through the end of the year.


  • Apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to help promote policy issues on family caregiving, health and welfare, and retirement security
  • Engage in the communications strategies to advance these issues and the events organized as part of these efforts
  • Research policy issues, draft documents to support our advocacy efforts, participate in team meetings and strategy discussions, collaborate in communications tactics, and engage in a support role for various remote and in-person events
  • Work with advocacy staff and volunteers to plan and implement state and federal legislative grassroots advocacy tactics and non-partisan voter engagement activities
  • Monitor legislative activities and research policy issues.
  • Enhance AARP's social media presence by creating and posting relevant and timely content
  • Produce and distribute materials for legislators, the media, members, and the public
  • Design visuals to support event and advocacy promotional efforts (e.g., event fliers, online images, etc.)
  • Write and edit press releases and articles for the state website, blog entries, email communications, action alerts, letters to the editor, and other articles, focusing on AARP's policy issues and voter engagement efforts
  • Research background information for talking points and other communications needs, as needed by staff


  • 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, political science, nonprofit management, communications, marketing, journalism, or related fields
  • Prior experience in issue and/or legislative advocacy, although not required, would be helpful
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects to achieve deadlines
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and familiarity with social media tools
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Interest in aging, nonprofits, communications/public relations, and political issues
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills to work well with team members while being flexible and adaptable to work on independent projects
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours a week

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.