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Help Preserve Social Security for Your Generation with an Advocacy Internship


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Ivelin Radkov

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We’re millions of members strong–with more joining us every day– the largest and “most powerful grassroots organization” around, according to Fortune magazine. In fact, our commitment and collective strength enables us to serve and support a broad and diverse membership as well as embrace our own workplace diversity. Here’s your chance to take action in Washington, DC and throughout the US!


The State and National Group (SNG) is a key contributor to the One AARP mission of social change for Americans 50+ and their families. SNG drives social change through our advocacy work by giving our members a voice—at the federal, state and local levels—on issues important to them such as Financial Security, Health, and Home & Family.


With a network of 53 offices in each state, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, we live where we work. This allows us to do what we do best…meet the people and directly engage in our communities to find out what they need and want, enabling us to educate our members with programs and information that is relevant to them.




Reporting directly to the Virginia State Director, the intern will be directed in his/her daily duties by the Associate State Director, Advocacy and will provide support for state and federal advocacy campaigns, voter education, and other local initiatives.


Our Advocacy intern will be expected to perform basic assignments that involve independent judgment. Handles tasks and/or issues guided by application of standards, procedures, or precedent. Work customarily and regularly (50% of the time or more) requires the exercise of discretion and independent judgment. However, guidance on complex and/or controversial legislative issues should be sought from Advocacy ASDs.


Under the management of Advocacy Manager (with the support of Sr. Program Assistant and Advocacy ASDs):

  • Track bills of interest through the legislative process
  • Track campaign issues, in particular Social Security
  • Plan and coordinate outreach and voter education events
  • Pull together data and statistics for meetings
  • Attend meetings and take notes as needed
  • Participate in relevant conference calls and take notes as needed
  • Develop Power Point presentations


Candidate must be self-motivated, collaborative, be able to learn quickly and take directions well. Must be able to work independently and make decisions. The primary nature of interaction is coordinative with AARP Virginia state office staff and volunteers. The intern is a vital supportive role to AARP Virginia’s advocacy projects. The intern will work directly with the Associate State Director for Advocacy to complete tasks related to dashboard goals.


This is a great opportunity for the ideal intern to develop solid work experience with the largest social welfare organization in the country while contributing to projects that impact our members who are 50Plus.  




Intern must be available at least 20 hours per week, should be able to stay at the office for at least 4 hours at a time and must be able to be in the office by 9 a.m. Intern may be asked to participate in local events throughout Virginia and will be reimbursed for travel. The office is located in downtown Richmond.


The intern must be in their junior or senior year, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, American Studies, History or Communications. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Proficiency with social media (including Facebook and Twitter) is helpful. Must have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word and PowerPoint. Interest in aging and political issues helpful.


To Apply for this Opportunity


  • Intern must be currently enrolled in his/her junior or senior years in an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0



  • Submit a current resume in response to the specific posted job, or indicate your preferred work location (we’re in all 50 states and U.S. territories);



  • A writing sample (please attach to with your application)



  • A cover letter detailing the areas of interest to you for an internship at AARP;



  • Two letters of reference from a college or university professor/instructor and a manager who is familiar with your work;



  • An official copy of a current semester transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (minimum GPA required of 3.0)



  • Background & Drug Testing may be required.


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