Advocacy Intern

Washington, DC
Feb 06, 2022
Feb 24, 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.

AARP's Community, State and National Affairs (CSN) Group includes Government Relations, Programs, Volunteer Engagement, Community Outreach and Advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. It delivers on AARP's social mission by educating and engaging people 50-plus and their families, strengthening communities, and championing issues that help give people financial and health security.

Are you a graduate student interested in learning more about how AARP helps create more livable communities through advocacy in housing, transportation, utilities, and high-speed internet? Through our 53 state offices, we support federal, state, and local advocacy efforts to help create places that better serve the needs of people of all ages. As an Intern, you will apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to support our team in reviewing pending legislation and filings, researching best practices, tracking legislative trends at the federal, state, and local level, attending issue-based hearings, and more.

On any given day, you could be diving deep into the regulation on how we can support state-based efforts to expand broadband access to people in rural areas, or improve choice in housing options at the local level, or ensure that energy costs are affordable for older adults, or identifying ways to ensure that the federal investment in transportation (passed in the 2021 Infrastructure Act) delivers real benefits for older adults and people with disabilities. We'll challenge you to think and work in new ways. We are committed to your growth and cultivating your continued learning and development.


On an average day, you will:
  • Apply innovative thinking and problem-solving to challenges
  • Monitor new opportunities at the federal, state, and local level for enhanced AARP advocacy to advance livable communities
  • Contribute to data analyses and write-up of findings
  • Examine pending legislation to identify consistency with AARP Policy
  • Identify legislative trends and summarize/communicate those to legislative representatives.


Prospective interns must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be graduate students, or post-doctoral students; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship.

AARP also considers non-traditional interns who are 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.


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.