Communications Intern

Richmond, Virginia
Dec 17, 2022
Jan 07, 2023
Full Time

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 digital and social media, creating videos, and public relations? The AARP Virginia Team is looking for you! Our team creates and executes various events and advocates on the state and federal levels to improve people's lives as they age and help build a better tomorrow for future generations. We'll challenge you to think and work innovatively on real-world projects. The intern will be directed by the state Communications Manager and will provide communications support for state and federal advocacy campaigns, voter education, outreach programs, and other local initiatives. AARP is committed to your growth and cultivating your continued learning and development. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of January 2023 and will go through the end of the year.


  • Apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to help promote policy issues on family caregiving, fraud prevention, health and welfare, and retirement security
  • Engage in communications strategies to advance these issues and the events organized as part of these efforts
  • Research policy issues, draft documents to support our outreach and advocacy efforts, participate in team meetings and strategy discussions, collaborate on communications tactics, and engage in support for various remote and in-person events
  • Communicate with AARP members, media, and the public, focusing on video and digital media channels
  • Develop content for the state office webpage, Facebook, Twitter, member emails, and e-newsletters
  • Edit volunteer-written stories, create and edit videos, prepare and distribute news releases and make media calls
  • Analyze and prepare reports on social media engagement and performance


  • Must be enrolled at an accredited college/university as a rising undergraduate junior or senior, graduate student, or post-doctoral student 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
  • Exceptional verbal/written communications skills, with knowledge of AP Style
  • Familiarity with creating and editing videos and knowledge of multiple social media platforms
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations, including age, gender, race, and sexual orientation
  • Ability to work remotely 2-3 days per week

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

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.

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.

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.