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Job Title:
NYC Comm Intern
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Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Marketing & Communications
New York, US
Business Unit:
States & Community Engagement
New York
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

We’re looking for someone with the energy, drive, skill set and ability to pick things up quickly to help change the dialogue on some of the most important issues to the most powerful voting demographic in the state and nation: the 50+. Sound interesting? This one may be for you. Join our AARP State Office in Manhattan as their Communications Intern during summer, 2016. 


We’re seeking a digitally savvy person to assist in reaching media, organizations, communities, and influencers throughout the state. You will do research, draft press releases, engage media outlets and reporters, work on social media and blog posts, and compile and track print & digital metrics. Through it all, you’ll be connecting with members, volunteers, and staff so that you can understand and help share the full story of our work across New York State. You may be asked to shoot video and take photos at events; interview people with stories to share; and research and write media advisories, blogs, and social media posts. This internship is highly customizable depending on you and your creativity.


You will be expected to have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and Facebook and Twitter. In addition, experience with any or all of the following software/applications is highly desirable: Creating and editing videos, YouTube, WordPress, Instagram, Buffer, Spredfast, or Hootsuite.


You must have the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively; have an interest in learning about issues impacting people 50+; possess excellent organizational and communications skills; and be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week in our Manhattan office.

We are seeking an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in communications, digital strategy, marketing, social media, public relations, or journalism. Strong writing skills are required, along with experience using social media networks.

You should also be someone who:

  • Loves social media; must use Facebook and Twitter
  • Uses other social media/blogs, especially WordPress, Tumblr, HootSuite, Buffer, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube – not a requirement but a huge plus
  • Is fluent in Microsoft Office programs
  • Has excellent research and writing skills, with keen attention to details
  • Is dependable, professional, and able to take direction
  • Is interested in learning about issues impacting people 50+

In addition to the qualifications listed above, we’re looking for someone with a sense of humor who can maintain grace under pressure.



Interns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university; maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; and considered rising juniors or seniors, graduate students or post doctorate students.   

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. 

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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