Communications Intern

Chicago, Illinois
May 09, 2022
Jun 08, 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.

Are you a communication, journalism, or marketing/PR student with a passion for telling stories, finding innovative ways to reach target audiences, and bringing a voice to advocate for people in need? Then AARP Illinois' Communications team is looking for you! Our team handles all the internal and external messaging for AARP Illinois, which caters to 1.7 million members and all older adults across the state. Don't let the (incorrect) "older adult" stereotype fool you - in fact, help us combat that stereotype with cutting edge resources, you-dream-it-let's-do-it attitudes, and a team of intelligent people, fun-loving, hard-working colleagues.

As an intern, you will apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to help get earned media, strategize and produce segments for paid media, share stories on social media and keep our non-profit, non-partisan organization connected to the people we represent every day. This internship has an expected summer start date and will go through December 2022.


  • Write and edit columns, press releases, blog entries, and more for a variety of statewide and local audiences, focusing on the Association's policy and social change issues
  • Research background information for talking points and other communications needs, as needed by staff
  • Interview volunteers and other outstanding Illinoisans age 50+, and compose profiles
  • Assist with press efforts, including pitching media, submitting events to community calendars
  • Writing copy for e-blasts and other AARP-owned channels to engage hundreds of thousands of members in our work
  • Assist with social media efforts, which may include composing tweets or designing graphics
  • Fulfill other duties, as needed, including assisting with ad buys, among other tasks


  • 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-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.


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.