Advocacy Intern
Providence, RI 
Posted 2 months ago
Job/Internship Description

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.

Are you a creative, detail-oriented, results-driven student and passionate about fostering social impact change? Our Rhode Island Advocacy Team is looking for you! If you want to work with and learn from a great team of professionals, apply now for this exciting opportunity!

As an Advocacy Intern, you will apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to execute advocacy tactics, support community events, and achieve office goals. On any given day, you could be attending meetings at the State House, preparing testimony for committee meetings, analyzing voter data, researching issues, or working with our talented team of volunteers. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of Summer 2024 and will go through the end of the year, with the possibility of extending additional semesters.


  • Apply innovative thinking and problem-solving to challenges
  • Contribute to testimony creation and write-up of research findings
  • Support Voter Education efforts for the 2024 State and Federal elections
  • Communicate with and support AARP-RI volunteers in their role as part of our Advocacy Team
  • Research policy issues, draft documents to support our advocacy efforts, participate in team meetings and strategy discussions, collaborate in communications tactics, and engage in support for various remote and in-person events
  • Support Advocacy volunteers in their work


  • 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
  • Successful applicants will have excellent written, oral, and digital communication skills and be able to work well with people of all ages and backgrounds

  • Ability to manage multiple projects, anticipate project needs, and discern work priorities

  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially Microsoft Excel

  • Must be a self-starter and adaptable to work under tight deadlines

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.


Position Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Type
Full Time
Period of Employment
Type of Compensation
College Credits Earned
Tuition Assistance
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