Publications Design Intern

Washington, DC
Jun 09, 2023
Jun 30, 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 Integrated Communications and Marketing (ICM) Group includes Membership, Content and Editorial, Customer Experience, External Relations, Brand Strategy and Strategic Communications. Across paid, earned, shared and owned channels, ICM manages AARP's reputation, drives engagement and member growth, and showcases AARP's mission and value through one, integrated voice.

Are you a design student with solid Adobe Creative Suite skills who is creative, organized, results-driven, and passionate about storytelling? The AARP Publications Design team is looking for you! Our team directs the design for AARP The Magazine (the largest circulated magazine in the world), the AARP Bulletin, and five digital newsletters (The Girlfriend, Sisters, The Arrow, The Ethel, and the AARP Veteran's Report). We also provide creative support for promotional collateral, social media graphics, and special projects (print and digital). If you want to learn from a great team of creative professionals, apply now. This paid internship has an anticipated start date of September 2023, with an option to continue for additional semesters.


The Publications Design Intern will assist our busy department with a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Help to design and develop print and digital layouts for AARP The Magazine and the AARP Bulletin
  • Assist with creating and assigning illustrations for all platforms (print, social media, website, and the magazine's app)
  • Attach text to CPS (AARP's Content Publishing System) layouts; training provided
  • Heavily involved in creating social media assets
  • Enter artist contracts into our database
  • Upload imagery to the digital asset management system


  • 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
  • In-depth knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs-especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator-is required; knowing After Effects is a plus
  • Familiarity with CPS/Censhare is a plus but not required (we will train)
  • Knowledge of multiple social media platforms is a plus
  • Must be a self-starter, able to multitask and work within tight deadlines
  • Must enjoy collaborating and working as part of a team
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be comfortable communicating with outside vendors (Illustrators, photographers, etc.)
  • The schedule is flexible; the Design team works remotely on Mondays and Fridays and in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Thursdays are often a telework day

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.