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Job Title:
Communications Intern I (Richmond, VA)
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Job Category:
Marketing & Communications
Richmond, VA 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

This is a great opportunity for our ideal intern to develop solid work experience interning for the largest social mission organization in the country, while contributing to projects that impact our members who are 50Plus.   Join us in summer, 2017!


The AARP Virginia State Office is looking for a strong undergraduate intern to join its communications team in summer, 2017. The intern will be directed by the Associate State Director for communication and will provide communications support for state and federal advocacy campaigns, voter education, anti-hunger and other local initiatives.  In this role, the intern will help staff communicate with AARP members, media and the public, focusing on digital media channels. You will develop content for the state office webpage, social media sites, member emails and e-newsletters, prepare and distribute news releases and make media calls.


You must be available at least 20 hours per week, and available to stay at the office for at least 4 hours at a time and must be able to be in the office by 9 a.m. on a Monday or a Tuesday.  As an AARP intern, you may be asked to participate in local events throughout Virginia and will be reimbursed for travel.  The office is conveniently located in downtown Richmond.


Candidates must be self-motivated, collaborative, be able to learn quickly and take directions well.  Must be able to work independently and make decisions regarding editorial content under the supervision of the Associate State Director.  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.  The intern will work directly with the Associate State Director for Communications to complete tasks related to dashboard goals. 




Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university; maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; candidates who are pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or Political Science are strongly encouraged to apply.

AARP also considers non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers.  This may include those who have previously graduated college and are now enrolled in a continuing education program. 

Proficiency with social media (including Facebook and Twitter) is required.  Experience with platforms such as Hootsuite and Spredfast are helpful.  Experience with WordPress preferred.  Experience conducting research, editing photos and writing press releases a plus.  Must have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word and PowerPoint. Interest in aging, communications/public relations and political issues helpful.

To Apply for this Opportunity

  1. Complete the online application and submit a current resume in response to the specific posted job;
  2. Attach a copy of your transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required);
  3. Be prepared to submit two letters of recommendation; which can be from a college or university professor or a manager who is familiar with your work (please note that we cannot complete the hiring process without these recommendations ;)
  4. Be prepared to submit writing samples, if required for the position.

Instructions for Uploading Your Documents

  1. Attach your resume as part of the online application.
  2. Click the SUBMIT button at the end of the application;
  3. Select View Submitted Application
  4. Select the MY ACTIVITIES
  5. Select “Add Attachment” under the section labeled COVER LETTERS & ATTACHMENTS
  6. Select the Attachment Type and list the Attachment Title
  7. Select Upload your document
  8. Select Save
  9. If uploading multiple documents, repeat steps 5-8


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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