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Job Title:
Communications Intern I (Maryland)
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Community Outreach
Baltimore, MD 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

Maryland State Office of AARP is recruiting for a paid intern to support its communications team in managing its activities across the state.  As an AARP intern, you will develop your communications skills, including social media, writing and research, organizational and critical-thinking skills.  You will need a flexible attitude with a willingness to learn about aging issues.


AARP Maryland is seeking a Communications Intern to join our busy team in our downtown Baltimore office.
The following skills are required for the position:

  • Monitor and improve our engagement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Write blog posts, advertising copy and social media postings.
  • Assist with traditional media relations activities, such as media pitching, issue research, and press events.
  • Assist with drafting press releases, media advisories, and pitch letters.
  • Assist with development of advertising materials and placement of media buys.
  • Provide photography and videography support for AARP Maryland events.


An undergraduate candidate who is digital/social media savvy and is also interested in honing their traditional communications/media relations skills with one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations.  Applicant should be able to demonstrate strong writing skills for both traditional and social media. Graphic design skills a plus. Basic knowledge of Microsoft applications, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is required.  Bonus points for experience in Adobe Photoshop, PicMonkey, and Canva.


Intern applicants 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

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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