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Advocacy and Outreach Intern (Santa Fe or Albuquerque)


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 and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to 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, passionate, and results-driven student interested in legislative advocacy and outreach? The AARP New Mexico Team is looking for you! Our team advocates for public policies that improve people's lives as they age and help build a better tomorrow for future generations. We'll challenge you to think critically as you help pass policies that benefit older New Mexicans and communicate our work statewide. AARP is committed to your growth and cultivating your continued learning and development. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of April 2023 and continues through December 2023.


  • Work with staff and volunteers to manage special projects, events, and/or special tasks
  • Engage directly with volunteers and staff to represent AARP at local events, including meetings, public hearings, news conferences, and community events spotlighting AARP issues
  • Work directly with volunteers and staff to build volunteer teams and identify local projects that align with AARP NM priorities with an aim to improve the lives of New Mexico’s 50+ and their families
  • Support staff and volunteers to build strong volunteer teams and identify local projects that will advance AARP’s presence in targeted communities
  • Apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to help promote policy issues and social mission programming
  • 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.
  • Work with staff to write and create communications for members, the media, and the public
  • Collaboratively work with state office staff and internal AARP partners to inform an approach to community work and volunteer initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned


  • We welcome candidates who are located in the Santa Fe or Albuquerque areas to apply. You must be available to work from the Albuquerque/Santa Fe office at least twice a week, with a possibility to work a hybrid schedule.
  • 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
  • Must be a self-starter and adaptable with the ability to work under tight deadlines 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, anticipate project needs, and discern work priorities
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and zoom technology
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations, including gender, race, and sexual orientation
  • Exceptional verbal/written communications skills 
  • Familiarity with creating and editing videos and knowledge of multiple social media platforms is a plus.
Physical/Mental Demands
  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement and discretion requiring the employee to compare and evaluate various courses of conduct and make a decision (or recommend a decision to be made) after various possibilities have been considered
  • In office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds
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.
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.
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.