Legislative Intern (Graduate Student)

Albany, New York
Sep 08, 2023
Oct 08, 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, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their 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) seeks a graduate student intern to assist its busy office with advocacy-related work and voter education. This paid internship will begin in October 2023 and end in December 2023. A commitment of 25 hours per week is required. 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.


  • 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


  • Prospective intern must be considered a graduate or post-doctoral student and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship.
  • 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
  • Familiarity with creating and editing videos and knowledge of multiple social media platforms is a plus

AARP will not sponsor an employment visa for this position at this time.

Additional Requirements
  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • 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.