Advocacy and Grassroots Intern

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Field Practicum

The AARP New Jersey State Office, located in Princeton, NJ, has openings for 2013/2014 internship appointments! AARP Advocacy and Grassroots Interns are provided legislative education in both state and federal political spheres and gain first-hand knowledge of the New Jersey state legislature. Our advocacy work for the 50+ population gives interns exposure to real-world applications.

At the AARP NJSO, interns play a vital role in the development of advocacy and outreach campaigns. They learn firsthand how one of the largest non-profit organizations, dedicated to enriching the lives of older Americans, works, develops, and conveys its social impact message to 40+ million members.


-Monitoring and researching legislative activities;
-Attending legislative hearings;
-Meeting with state/federal officials;
-Conducting research regarding legislative issues;
-Assisting with planning and implementing grassroots organization tactics and legislative advocacy activities;
-Working with advocacy staff and grassroots volunteers in all multicultural markets;
-Producing materials in relation to legislative activities, the media, and the public;
-Assisting with important non-partisan events.


Requirements: Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Must be able to work a minimum of 14 hours per week. Must have excellent communication, organizational, writing, and computer skills, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, and exercise initiative. (Bilingual in Spanish a plus.)

- You application should be in Word Document form and should contain (all in one document)
o Cover Letter, including availability and why you should intern here
o Resume
o Writing Sample (optional – but helpful!)
- Send the document to AARPNJ@AARP.ORG with subject line “ADVOCACY INTERNSHIP – [Your First And Last Name]”

This is a paid position. Hourly wage to be discussed.

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