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Advocacy Intern

Company: AARP
Location: Cary
Posted on: February 21, 2021

Job Description:

Business Unit Description AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.Summary Are you interested in aging advocacy work? Are you currently a student working on a degree in areas of study such as political science, communications, public administration or gerontology? The AARP North Carolina Office in Raleigh is looking for an intern to assist its busy office with advocacy-related work, communications, and volunteer management. This paid internship and will begin in early January, 2021, is located in Raleigh, North Carolina; and will require a 15-25 hour per week commitment. The internship will conclude in mid-December 2021. Responsibilities The primary focus will be supporting our continued work to protect nursing home residents, push for programs to help people save for retirement, and improve access to affordable, quality health care, including an effort to reduce skyrocketing prescription drug prices. Responsibilities will include work such as: * Support our advocacy and outreach with increased promotion and communications * Monitor the news environment for issues, reporters and opportunities that can help advance AARP strategic communications priorities. * Assist with drafting press releases, event advisories, editorials and other copy for internal and external channels. * Pitch stories and statements to local media to support outreach (events) and advocacy * Assist in the planning and production and editing of videos and podcasts. * Assist in the planning and executing of community outreach events; * Support the production and dissemination of correspondence with volunteers, members, activists and the legislature * Work directly with volunteers and staff to represent AARP at local events, including forums, news conferences and rallies spotlighting AARP issues; * Conduct online searches in support of legislative issues * Deliver educational and advocacy materials to legislative and/or campaign offices; * Research candidates, elected state officials, their positions and their affiliations; Requirements Prospective intern must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; and be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post doctorate students. 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 college and are now enrolled in a continuing education program. Additional requirements include: * Good organizational and communications skills (both over the phone and in writing) * You must be able to interact and engage members of the public. * Leadership qualities * Team player * Enthusiastic * You must have experience with basic research projects, gathering information, culling and capturing pertinent details with limited guidance. * A commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP. * Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook * Interest in issues/policy relating to aging, health care, utilities, and/or financial security * Interest or experience with the state legislative process is a plus, but not a requirement Benefits Offered Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits. At AARP, the health and well-being of our candidates, employees, and members is a top priority. As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice. AARP has established social distancing policies to ensure the safety of our essential employees. 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.

Keywords: AARP, Cary , Advocacy Intern, Other , Cary, North Carolina

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