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Job Title:
Communications Intern I (North Dakota)
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Advocacy/Government Affairs
Bismarck, ND US
Business Unit:
States & Community Engagement
Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Summary Statement

As an AARP Intern in theNorth Dakota State Office you will work closely with a great team of Advocacy and Communications experts to  to support AARP North Dakota state plan activities and promote aging initiatives.


The North Dakota State Office of AARP is in search of a star intern who will work closely with the Associate State Directors for Advocacy and Communications to support AARP North Dakota state plan activities.The intern will assist with the following duties:

  • Assist with AARP North Dakota's social media accounts, writing for the web, and drafting email communication to members;
  • Assist with advocacy work during the 2017 legislative session, including bill tracking, issue research, and drafting testimony for staff and volunteers;
  • Prepare materials for legislators and volunteers on AARP positions on priority issues and assist with monitoring legislative committee meetings;
  • Assist in keeping volunteers and members informed of organizational and legislative developments;
  • Assist in preparing public/volunteer educational materials using PowerPoint, Prezi or other electronic tools;
  • Support volunteers in scheduling, promoting, and implementing educational presentations;
  • Assist with scheduling, organizing, and implementing events and activities as outlined in the North Dakota state plan.

Our specific activities/priorities for spring 2017 will be identified by early December but will include work on caregiving, fraud prevention, and support for Fraud Fighter and Legislative volunteers.

The intern’s work will be guided and overseen by AARP staff. Tasks will be explained in advance and the intern will have access to staff for clarification and questions whenever they arise. There will be a variety of experiences provided including legislative tracking, attendance at legislative meetings, AARP policy research, issue research, preparation of communications to volunteers and others regarding our legislative and educational outreach work, and development of community volunteer teams to support AARP’s work across the state.

 The intern will learn different web-based tools AARP uses to communicate with its members and others, including WordPress, Sprinklr, and Convio.


Interns must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or University, in their junior or senior years of their undergraduate studies, or in graduate school, with a minimum GPA of 3.0

A proficiency in Microsoft office, knowledge with social media, especiall Facebook and Twitter are required. Students studying Communications, Social Work, or Public Policy preferred

To Apply for this Opportunity
1.     Submit a current resume in response to the specific posted job, or indicate your preferred work location (we’re in all 50 states and U.S. territories);
2.     A cover letter detailing the areas of interest to you for an internship at AARP;
3.     Two letters of recommendation or references from a college or university professor/instructor and a manager who is familiar with your work;
4.     An official copy of a current semester transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (minimum GPA required of 3.0)
5.     AARP screens its employees and interns through background clearance and drug testing. 
Instructions for Uploading Your Cover Letter & Writing Sample
1.     Adding cover letter and writing sample at time of application submission;
·Complete the on-line application by clicking the SUBMIT button at the end of the application;
·Click the MY CAREER TOOLS link at the top of the “MY APPLICATIONS” SCREEN;
·Separately upload each document
2.     Adding cover letter and writing samples at a later time
·Access the careers website –
·Log in with the user name/password used at the time that you applied for the internship
·Click the MY CAREER TOOLS link on the top right of the screen
·Scroll down to the COVER LETTERS and ATTACHMENTS section
·Separately upload each document

Benefits Offered

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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