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Job Title:
IL Communications Intern I
Job ID:
Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Marketing & Communications
Chicago, IL 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

The AARP Illinois State Office is offering a paid communications internship for students wanting to gain professional or educational experience through hands-on training at our very busy state office.  You will have an opportunity to apply your academic learnings in a professional setting, directed by our professional staff, while learning about issues of importance to our members who are 50+. This is a paid part-time internship for students who are in their junior or senior years of university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Illinois is comprised of 10 DMA’s with Chicago commanding a 68% share of the state’s media reach. Chicago is the third-largest media market in the United States and the largest inland market. All of the major U.S. television networks have subsidiaries in Chicago. There are approximately 40 community papers in Chicago alone. Interwoven with our traditional media efforts we are building a thriving Social Media community on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. There are plenty of learning opportunities as well as real experience to be gained for an intern looking to enter the world of communications and social media in the nonprofit world.

Ideally the intern would also provide value to the communications team by teaching us skills we may not already have in the digital realm such as ability to code or build html websites and custom Facebook applications.

Under the supervision of the Communications Manager the Intern would be responsible for assisting with everyday tasks of the communications team. The intern will also have a long term project to work on which will leave a lasting impact and strengthen the work of the communications team.

  • Monitoring, tracking and evaluating the effectiveness of Social Media content across multiple channels for metrics of Activity, Reach, and Engagement.
  • Explore new opportunities for AARP to represent ourselves on emerging Social media channels – assist with replying to incoming inquiries on Social Media channels, and provide content such as photos, videos, or blog posts covering the work of AARP Illinois.
  • Assist with everyday tasks of the communications team as needed.
  • Assist with media relations tasks, including pitching news releases and other content to reporters and media outlets.
  • Assist with drafting of internal and external communications including, but not limited to, the Illinois Advocacy Newsletter, Letters to the Editor, press releases, Op-Eds, etc.




Applicants must have the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, exercise initiative, maintain a positive attitude, and available to work a minimum 20 hours a week at our downtown Chicago office.  To qualify for this opportunity, you must be a currently enrolled student in your junior or senior years of an accredited undergraduate program, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Those majoring in communications, digital strategy, computer science, social media, public relations or journalism are encouraged to apply.  Applicant should be able to demonstrate writing skills, with course work in news and feature writing, and familiarity with photography and video editing software and social media networks. Submission of writing samples required (school paper articles and clippings preferred) may be required.  Skills include: Microsoft applications, Publisher, Adobe, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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. 
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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