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AARP WA Seeks Public Policy Intern in Seattle

Intern Wanted
AARP Washington is looking for graduate-level public policy intern interested in addressing issues impacting the State’s aging population associated with financial security, vulnerable adults and long term care. The intern will work directly with the Advocacy Director on public policy and legislative priorities as well as assist with, community engagement, communications and data management.


  • Research and evaluate current and new legislative priorities including identifying opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
  • Coordinate participation of legislators at AARP-hosted community outreach events.
  • Monitor federal legislation on a wide variety of issues of importance to governor, legislators and other state government officials.
  • Monitor implementation of legislation.
  • Draft weekly Advocacy Update and oversee logistics to share with volunteer teams.
  • Write blog posts and assist with social media postings.
  • Update volunteer advocate Convio database.


  • Current area of study or a strong interest and curiosity in policy research and analysis on issues impacting the aging population in the State of Washington.
  • Knowledge or background on long-term healthcare supports and services, retirement systems, low income housing, poverty or elder abuse/exploitation, is preferred.
  • Experience working with Excel spreadsheets and databases.
  • Organized and detail-oriented while working on a wide range of tasks.
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills.

Application Process:

  • Email resume, cover letter, two writing samples and two references to Cathleen MacCaul
  • Applications will be accepted until EOD May 18, 2015
  • In-person interviews will be scheduled the week of May 25, 2015

Salary: $17/hour

Location: North Seattle; some additional in-state travel may be required.

Schedule: 20 hours per week; June 1 through mid-September.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse.  Learn more at

AARP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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