Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots public policy campaigns
Under the supervision of the Association’s Northern California public policy staff, work virtually to support a team of volunteers in cultivating a consistent, multifaceted relationship with the local Member of Congress and state legislators to achieve the Association’s state and federal public policy goals. Briefly, these goals are to accelerate Alzheimer’s research and to improve health and social care and support for all affected by Alzheimer’s and all other forms of dementia.
Examples of the types of projects interns may be asked to undertake include:
- Researching and monitoring legislators’ websites and other communications to identify upcoming events and engagement opportunities.
- Researching and monitoring local print and online media for stories related to Alzheimer’s and dementia, with a goal of finding opportunities to submit Letters to the Editor or pitch stories to local reporters.
- Writing persuasive and topical letters to the editor, op-eds and sample social media posts about our policy priorities, as needed.
- Creating short videos about our policy issues (for interns with video skills and interest).
- Identify and implement new ways to recruit and engage local volunteers, with a focus on creating opportunities for diverse community members to tell their stories and advocate for themselves and their families.
- Report all interactions with legislators or their staff on the AIM website.
- Currently reside in, or have roots in, Northern California (e.g., anywhere north of Bakersfield).
- Interest in public policy or public health.
- Have a family or other close personal connection to Alzheimer’s or other dementia
Students with competency in Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin are especially encouraged to apply, as are students with a passion for engaging and empowering communities of color and/or the LGBTQ community.
To apply: Please submit a cover letter describing WHY you’re interested in this position, including any personal experience you may have had with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, to Jessica Rothhaar, Senior Public Policy Manager.