Communications and Research Intern

Washington, DC
Nov 22, 2021
Dec 22, 2021
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.

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.

In this internship, you will build your resume while gaining first-hand knowledge of how the nation's largest non-profit organization works, develops and conveys its message to 38 million members across the United States. In addition, the position will deliver you hands-on experience with executive-level communications - figuring out succinctness, structuring your thoughts in ways others can easily grasp, and connecting with folks in a professional yet relatable manner as you tell the AARP story.


This internship includes but is not limited to research, drafting communications, and other duties as assigned. As an intern, you will gain valuable work experience with an opportunity to participate in and expand your knowledge of the communication process.
  • Work closely with the Core Office of the Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer staff to support the EVP with timely research analysis and briefings
  • Prepare materials utilizing PowerPoint, Word documents, and Excel spreadsheets
  • Gather research and compile information on various topics; this could include communications with fellow interns & subject matter experts, online searches, reviewing publications, and accessing library materials
  • Compose communication materials and support the EVP's speechwriter with background research
  • Maintain confidentiality of all AARP's internal information
  • Assist in research to support EVP's social media usage


Prospective intern must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university and be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctorate students.

AARP also considers non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers. This may include those who have previously graduated college and are now enrolled in a continuing education program.


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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