Communications Intern

Richmond, Virginia
Jan 07, 2022
Jan 25, 2022
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.

The AARP Virginia State Office is looking for a strong undergraduate or graduate intern to join its communications team for the calendar year 2022. 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. As a Communications Intern at AARP, you will have the opportunity to join our team of professionals working on major campaigns, to engage our 38 million members (1 million in Virginia) and potential members. You will be assigned critical tasks and get to see your work in action.

Candidates must be self-motivated, organized, collaborative, learn quickly, and take directions well. Must be able to work independently and make decisions regarding editorial content under the supervision of the state Communications Manager. The primary nature of interaction is coordinative with AARP Virginia state office staff and volunteers. The intern is a vital supportive role to AARP Virginia's advocacy communications projects. In addition, the intern will work directly with the state Communications Manager to complete tasks related to dashboard goals.

This is an excellent opportunity for the ideal intern to develop solid work experience with the largest social welfare organization in the country while contributing to projects that affect our members who are age 50 and older.


In this role, the intern will help staff communicate with AARP members, media, and the public, focusing on video and digital media channels. The intern will 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. The intern also will assist with training staff and volunteers on how to create smartphone videos and the use of Facebook and Twitter and analyze and prepare reports on social media engagement and performance.


Proficiency with social media (including Facebook and Twitter) is required. Strong attention to detail is important. Writing clearly, with proper grammar and punctuation, along with AP Style and knowledge about how to format a news release, is required. Experience with a website hosting tool is helpful. Experience conducting research, editing photos, and video, and writing press releases is essential. Must have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word and PowerPoint. Interest in aging, communications/public relations, and political issues helpful.

The intern should be available for at least 20 hours per week Monday through Friday, January through December 2022. The intern must be capable of working independently in a remote setting while AARP is teleworking and available to work at the AARP Richmond office for at least 4 hours at a time when the office reopens. The intern may be asked to participate in local events throughout Virginia when they resume. The office is conveniently located in downtown Richmond.

The intern must be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors or rising first or second-year graduate students pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Political Science, or English.


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 .