Campaign Outreach Intern

Washington, DC
Jan 20, 2023
Jan 26, 2023
Full Time

AARP's Community, State and National Affairs (CSN) Group includes Government Relations, Programs, Volunteer Engagement, Community Outreach and Advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. It delivers on AARP's social mission by educating and engaging people 50-plus and their families, strengthening communities, and championing issues that help give people financial and health security.

AARP's Campaigns Outreach and Mobilization - Advocacy Outreach team is seeking an intern to join our fast-paced communication unit to assist with nationwide advocacy campaigns focused on caregiving, long-term care, energy, high-speed internet, and more. This paid internship requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week starting in January/February 2023 and ending in June 2023, with the possibility of extending through December 2023. Telework will be considered for this position.


  • Track and research news coverage of key issues in multiple states
  • Build influencer lists related to key issues for states and nationally
  • Create and update communication materials for multistate campaigns
  • Proofread campaign materials
  • Assist the team with special projects, such as interviewing family caregivers, writing letters to the editor, and compiling reports


  • Prospective interns must be currently enrolled in a degree program related to journalism, communication, political science, public relations, and/or marketing at an accredited college or university; be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship
  • AARP also considers non-traditional interns looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers; this may include those who have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program
  • Must be a quick learner who possesses careful attention to detail, is self-motivated, and can work independently and as part of a fast-paced team
  • The ability to meet tight and/or changing deadlines is key
  • Must have an understanding of news media and experience tracking related data
  • Previous experience in journalism and/or writing for public relations is preferred
  • Political and/or issue campaign experience 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

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.