Communications Intern

Washington, DC
May 24, 2023
May 31, 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, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, D.C. seniors 60-plus, providing free legal and social work services to those in need - empowering, defending, protecting, and helping thousands of clients each year in many areas of civil law.

Are you passionate about communications, public relations, or journalism? The communications department of Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) is charged with all external and internal communications about the work we do on behalf of low-income DC seniors. This is an opportunity to develop your social media and writing skills and use your creativity to maximize internal communications vehicles. We are committed to your growth and will cultivate your continued learning and development. This paid internship position will begin in the Summer of 2023.


The Communications Intern will work closely with and report to the Communications Manager.
  • Analyze existing LCE social media platforms
  • Make recommendations for increasing engagement on LCE social media channels
  • Assist with writing internal communications that promote our work
  • Research topics to develop and pitch to the media and observe interaction with the reporters and interviews
  • Assist with developing an archiving system for LCE legislative work
  • Assist with other tasks as needed


  • The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered a rising undergraduate junior or senior, graduate student, or post-doctoral student; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship and pursuing a degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related fields
  • Can provide writing samples, social media content, videos, and other communications pieces
  • Must be a self-starter and adaptable to working under tight deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, anticipate project needs, and discern work priorities
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations, including gender, race, and sexual orientation
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Familiarity with creating and editing videos and knowledge of multiple social media platforms

Additional Requirements
  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions
  • 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, and $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.

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